Thu, 31 Oct 2019

Vatican continues to decline IICSA’s invitation to discuss abuse

Vatican continues to decline IICSA’s invitation to discuss abuse

The refusal of the Vatican to provide evidence requested by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is "very disappointing", a lawyer for the inquiry has said.

Church Times

Law banning assisted dying must be reviewed, say MPs

Law banning assisted dying must be reviewed, say MPs

The law banning terminally ill people from being helped to end their lives must be reviewed because it may not be working, a cross party group of MPs has said.

The Guardian

'Assisted dying laws are in need of review’

'Assisted dying laws are in need of review’

A cross-party group of more than 20 MPs calls on the Ministry of Justice to examine the effects of the ban on assisted suicide.

The Guardian

M&S to sell own-brand halal ready meals

M&S to sell own-brand halal ready meals

Marks & Spencer is to become the first mainstream food giant to sell own-label halal ready meals in stores with a large number of Muslim shoppers. The supermarket has said meat used in the meals will be from animals stunned before slaughter.

Daily Mail

Virgin investigating in-flight kosher dining

Virgin investigating in-flight kosher dining

The airline is investigating ways of offering kosher food in flight.

The Jewish Chronicle

Child sex abuse still being hidden, warns watchdog in Australia

Child sex abuse still being hidden, warns watchdog in Australia

Victoria's commission for children fears many cases of abuse are still being kept secret, despite religious groups reporting 88 cases of sexual and physical abuse in the past financial year.

Brisbane Times

US objects to mention of ‘sexual and reproductive health’ in UN resolution

US objects to mention of ‘sexual and reproductive health’ in UN resolution

Shortly after a unanimous vote in the UN Security Council to pass a resolution on women, peace and security, the US mission to the UN released a press statement criticising references to "sexual and reproductive health". The mission said the references promoted abortion.

Newsweek

All the near-total abortion bans passed in the US this year have now been blocked in court

All the near-total abortion bans passed in the US this year have now been blocked in court

Near-total bans on abortion have swept the US this year, with state after state banning the procedure six weeks into pregnancy or even earlier. These laws have been blocked by the courts, but anti-abortion groups now appear to be backing incremental laws that restrict clinic operations or introduce new requirements for getting an abortion.

Vox

Faith leaders sign declaration opposing end-of-life procedures

Faith leaders sign declaration opposing end-of-life procedures

Leaders of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam presented a signed declaration to Pope Francis on Monday expressing their total opposition to euthanasia and any form of physician-assisted suicide.

The Irish Catholic

‘Conscientious objections’ delaying roll-out of abortion services in Ireland

‘Conscientious objections’ delaying roll-out of abortion services in Ireland

The head of Ireland's health service executive has said conscientious objections are delaying the expansion of abortion services.

The Irish Times

Wed, 30 Oct 2019

Private clinic performed circumcisions without getting consent from patients and parents

Private clinic performed circumcisions without getting consent from patients and parents

Inspectors said the practice, which offers faith and non-faith based cultural circumcision services for all age groups, did not have a "robust system" for checking the identity of patients.

MyLondon

Government extends funding for churches

Government extends funding for churches

The UK government has announced it will extend a grant scheme for listed churches in need of repairs.

Premier

Italian footballers Magnanelli and Scozzarella banned for 'blasphemy'

Italian footballers Magnanelli and Scozzarella banned for 'blasphemy'

Parma's Matteo Scozzarella and Sassuolo's Francesco Magnanelli were picked up by TV cameras 'using God's name in vain' during their weekend fixtures.

The Sun

'Missouri could lose its last abortion clinic. Its fate will be decided this week.'

'Missouri could lose its last abortion clinic. Its fate will be decided this week.'

The state could become the first without an abortion clinic since Roe v. Wade.

Vox

Rabbinical court removes children from mother after she 'signs them up for mixed-gender swimming classes'

Rabbinical court removes children from mother after she 'signs them up for mixed-gender swimming classes'

The court in the city of Haifa, Israel has granted the father custody despite the fact he has formerly been convicted of violent crimes.

The Independent

 China warns US: criticism of Uighur detentions is not 'helpful' for trade talks

China warns US: criticism of Uighur detentions is not 'helpful' for trade talks

China's UN envoy has sounded a warning note over trade talks with Washington after the US joined 22 other countries at the UN in criticising Beijing over the detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.

The Guardian

Tue, 29 Oct 2019

Pope criticised by child sex abuse inquiry after Vatican refuses to send crucial evidence

Pope criticised by child sex abuse inquiry after Vatican refuses to send crucial evidence

The pope has been criticised by the government-ordered child sex abuse inquiry after the Vatican refused to provide crucial evidence.

The Telegraph

Faith schools plummet when league tables are made fairer, study finds

Faith schools plummet when league tables are made fairer, study finds

The league table performance of grammar and faith schools drops substantially once "fairer" measures of pupil background are added to progress measures, a new study demonstrates.

Tes

Christian group protests against mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum

Christian group protests against mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum

A Christian group is objecting to the mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum that will be rolled out to students across England next year.

Premier Christian Radio

DUP MLA calls for referenda on abortion and gay marriage changes in NI

DUP MLA calls for referenda on abortion and gay marriage changes in NI

DUP MLA Jim Wells has been slammed as "highly insensitive" after calling for referenda to be held on the two significant changes to the law on social issues in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

France mosque shootings: Two injured in Bayonne attack

France mosque shootings: Two injured in Bayonne attack

An elderly man suspected of firing shots outside a mosque in the south-western city of Bayonne has been arrested, French police say.

BBC

Italian doctors on trial for manslaughter after refusing abortion

Italian doctors on trial for manslaughter after refusing abortion

Seven Italian doctors who refused to perform a potentially life-saving abortion are fighting accusations of manslaughter in a trial that is expected to set a precedent for Italy's medical attitude towards the procedure.

Financial Times (£)

Toddler has penis cut off in circumcision in Brazil

Toddler has penis cut off in circumcision in Brazil

A three-year-old boy's penis has been cut off during a circumcision in Brazil.

The Sun

‘More ritual, less circumcision’

‘More ritual, less circumcision’

Carolina Landsmann says it would be a relief for many Jews if circumcision became a metaphorical ritual rather than a literal one.

Haaretz

‘The terrifying reaction to a panel debate on Islamophobia’

‘The terrifying reaction to a panel debate on Islamophobia’

Qanta Ahmed says the reaction to an event at the recent Conservative party conference shows why so few moderate Muslims are heard in public debate.

The Spectator

Man who uttered ‘religious offending phrases’ is banned from football matches

Man who uttered ‘religious offending phrases’ is banned from football matches

A Kirkcaldy man who admitted behaving in a threatening manner by repeatedly uttering 'religious offending' phrases and comments has been banned from attending football matches for 12 months.

Fife Today

Backlash as chicken chain which funds religious anti-LGBT charities opens second branch in Britain

Backlash as chicken chain which funds religious anti-LGBT charities opens second branch in Britain

US food chain Chick-fil-A, which funds several Christian anti-LGBT organisations and causes, has opened a branch in the Highlands, shortly after opening one in Berkshire.

The Scotsman

Mon, 28 Oct 2019

Campaign launched to decriminalise abortion in Great Britain

Campaign launched to decriminalise abortion in Great Britain

A campaign has been launched to abolish an old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.

Evening Standard

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader 'dead after US raid' in Syria

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader 'dead after US raid' in Syria

The fugitive leader of the Islamic State group killed himself during a US military operation in north-west Syria, President Donald Trump has said.

BBC

Woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after landmark law change in NI

Woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after landmark law change in NI

A woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after a landmark law change said she is relieved to move on with her life.

Irish Mirror

Father launches bid for school evolution lessons in Scotland

Father launches bid for school evolution lessons in Scotland

A bid to have evolution taught in primary schools in Scotland has been launched amid concerns that pupils with no religious beliefs are "not represented" in the classroom.

The Scotsman

Archbishop of Canterbury weighs in on Brexit again

Archbishop of Canterbury weighs in on Brexit again

Justin Welby has spoken out about the use of language in the Brexit debate.

The Independent

Cheshire priest Matthew Jolley jailed for child abuse plan

Cheshire priest Matthew Jolley jailed for child abuse plan

A priest has been jailed for attempting to meet a two-year-old boy he wanted to abuse, police have said.

BBC

‘By the Grace of God eviscerates paedophile priests and Vatican evasion’

‘By the Grace of God eviscerates paedophile priests and Vatican evasion’

This review gives a new film about the cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church four stars and describes it as "compassionate but forensic".

Time Out

PCCs call for reassessment of law on assisted dying

PCCs call for reassessment of law on assisted dying

Eighteen police and crime commissioners have signed an open letter to the Ministry of Justice asking for the government to reassess the law on assisted dying.

Dorset Echo

‘We should allow assisted dying in the UK’

‘We should allow assisted dying in the UK’

A letter says it is so sad we have to flee to a foreign land to do what is logical.

The Guardian

Founding principal of Christian colleges charged with historic sex abuse in Australia

Founding principal of Christian colleges charged with historic sex abuse in Australia

The founding principal of two Christian colleges is facing historical child sex abuse allegations that date back to his time at the schools, in the 1970s and '80s.

The Age

Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men

Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men

Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male "guardians" or have relationships deemed inappropriate.

The Guardian

Fri, 25 Oct 2019

'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted

'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted

A private Islamic school which had been rated "inadequate" secretly stayed open after telling the Department for Education it had closed, and repeatedly blocked inspectors from carrying out checks, it has emerged.

iNews

Ofsted inspector 'denied access' to inadequate Islamic school – NSS quoted

Ofsted inspector 'denied access' to inadequate Islamic school – NSS quoted

The head teacher of an Islamic school set up next to a mosque in Wolverhampton "denied access" to an Ofsted inspector, claiming she had no right to enter.

Birmingham Live

Children abused for decades at 'sadistic' London Catholic school, inquiry finds

Children abused for decades at 'sadistic' London Catholic school, inquiry finds

A "sadistic and predatory" atmosphere and a culture of cover-up and denial in a Catholic school allowed sexual abusers to commit crimes against children for decades, an independent inquiry has found.

The Guardian

Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence

Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence

Paedophile priests acted "like the mafia" while abusing boys at an abbey school, while the pope's representative stands accused of using diplomatic immunity to avoid giving evidence about a fugitive monk.

The Telegraph

‘Naz Shah and Salma Yaqoob: what you need to know about the row gripping Labour’

‘Naz Shah and Salma Yaqoob: what you need to know about the row gripping Labour’

Accusations of abuse and homophobia have been made against a former Respect Party leader who is running as a Labour candidate in the West Midlands mayoral race.

HuffPost

Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system

Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system

A cleric accused of abusing boys at a Catholic boarding school has said he has "no great respect for the system" when dealing with the evidence of alleged victims.

The Scotsman

‘By the Grace of God review’

‘By the Grace of God review’

Steven Sheehan recommends a newly released film about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, which is out in the UK today.

The Digital Fix

Italian who compared Catholic Church to masochism club convicted of blasphemy

Italian who compared Catholic Church to masochism club convicted of blasphemy

A man who criticised the Catholic Church during a radio interview in Italy has been convicted of blasphemy and fined.

The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)

‘Pakistan’s persecuted minorities’

‘Pakistan’s persecuted minorities’

Hardeep Singh says girls from religious minorities are under constant threat of forced marriage and conversion.

Spiked Online

Anglican leadership complicit in oppression of LGBT people, says Peter Tatchell

Anglican leadership complicit in oppression of LGBT people, says Peter Tatchell

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said religious leaders have "been the single greatest cause of LGBT+ oppression throughout the centuries" and the current Anglican leadership is "active or complicit" in its continuing.

Church Times

Thu, 24 Oct 2019

Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years

Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years

Britain has seen a liberalisation of attitudes on issues including abortion, gay relationships and euthanasia, a survey suggests.

The Independent

Two far-right extremists jailed for encouraging copycat terror attacks after Christchurch

Two far-right extremists jailed for encouraging copycat terror attacks after Christchurch

Two far-right extremists who encouraged copycat terror attacks in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings have been jailed.

Chronicle Live

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