Wed, 01 Aug 2018
Two bishops have criticised the divide in wealth between prosperous southern Church of England dioceses and relatively poor northern ones.
The Times (£)
Ann Furedi says the government should allow women in England to take abortion pills at home.
The NGO Campaign Against Antisemitism has urged the UK's human rights watchdog to investigate the Labour Party over Jeremy Corbyn's handling of the antisemitism row.
As claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour party mount, Ben Wright has a guide to what has happened and some of the reactions to it.
Politicians in Northern Ireland have condemned a sectarian attack that saw a Catholic church daubed with paramilitary graffiti.
The Irish Post
A recent tightening of 'cow protection' laws in India has been criticised as anti-Muslim.
Independent school leaders in Australia have expressed alarm that the government is preparing to "appease" the Catholic sector at their expense.
Springfield Brewing Company, which is based in Missouri, has withdrawn a beer label carrying an image of the Hindu deity Ganesha from its website after a professionally offended Hindu complained about it.
Indonesian activists have filed an official complaint against three judges in Sumatra who sentenced a teenage girl to six months in prison for having an illegal abortion after she was repeatedly raped by her brother.
An Indonesian court has disbanded the country's largest Islamic State-linked group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), for "conducting terrorism" and affiliating itself with the foreign militant organisation.
Tue, 31 Jul 2018
The public backs reform of Radio 4's Thought For The Day so that it no longer features only religious voices, according to research. The NSS has responded by writing to the BBC to urge reform of the slot.
Women in England are illegally buying the abortion pill over the internet because they cannot get to clinics to take it, the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told.
Ampleforth College, one of the country's top Catholic schools, faces possible closure if it does not improve standards including the safeguarding of pupils and the rigour of its checks on staff.
The Supreme Court has ruled that judges will no longer need to be consulted when doctors and relatives of patients in a vegetative state agree life-support treatment should end. A Christian charity has criticised the ruling. Elsewhere the Board of Deputies of British Jews has said it "will look at the judges' ruling in detail to understand its full implications".
Premier Christian Radio
A report has found that the Prevent strategy is "working well" in Greater Manchester but a "lack of information" about it is allowing the spread of malicious misinformation about its aims and nature.
A couple who tricked their teenage daughter into travelling to Bangladesh in an attempt to force her to marry her first cousin have been jailed.
The head teacher of a Church of England grammar school in south east London left pupils feeling suicidal with a "constant emphasis" on perfect exam results, a report has found.
Premier Christian Radio
Canvey Island's Jewish community is set to expand its base further by building a block of flats for teachers and staff at a local faith school. The minister for faith has claimed the island sets a good example of community integration.
Basildon, Canvey & Southend Echo
One of America's most prominent Catholic cardinals has resigned after an allegation was made that he sexually abused a teenage boy almost 50 years ago.
A conference of Irish bishops has published a new code of healthcare ethics restating that Catholic hospitals cannot perform direct abortions.
US attorney general Jeff Sessions has announced that the Department of Justice which he leads is creating a "religious liberty task force". Sessions claimed the cultural climate in the US and the West generally has left people feeling their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack.
An official has confirmed that the Trump administration will not be "pressing" African nations to repeal their anti-LGBT+ laws.
Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has criticised the government's decision to drop plans to recognise caste as an aspect of race in anti-discrimination legislation. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans has called on the government to take heed of the criticism.
Church of England bishops are turning on each other after the lead figure on safeguarding was locked out of discussions about a former archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse.
Sean O'Neill says the abusive bishop Peter Ball escaped justice for decades, at a terrible cost to his young victims, thanks to his many establishment friends.
The Times (£)
Prince Charles told Peter Ball "monstrous wrongs" had been done to the disgraced bishop and he wished he could do more to help, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard.
Circumcising newborn boys increases their risk of cot death, new research from the University of Sheffield suggests.
Nick Cohen reflects on the death of his friend Nyta Mann and says parliament will not be able to withstand the pressure from the public to make assisted suicide legal for long.
The Christian Institute has threatened to challenge the government over guidance that bans homophobic teachings in schools.
Scottish Labour's equalities chief Rhoda Grant has been criticised for her involvement with a Christian charity that funded a conference which promoted a so-called "gay cure".
India has published a list which effectively strips some four million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship. Activists say the National Register of Citizens is being used as a pretext for an attack on the state's legitimate Bengali community, a large portion of whom are Muslims.
‘This ultra-conservative institute has infiltrated the Polish state, on a relentless quest to ban abortion’
Ordo luris is an extreme anti-choice group whose founders were 'inspired' by a controversial Catholic fundamentalist network. Lidia Kurasinska asks how it has gained so much political power.
The Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands has voted to support a motion that terminally ill residents should have the right to die at a time and place of their choosing, subject to robust legislation and safeguards. Dignity in Dying says this has shown it to be "a compassionate, sensible and progressive society".
Human rights activists in Chile have expressed shock and concern after masked attackers stabbed three women at a protest in favour of free and legal abortion. No suspects have been arrested, but participants in the march argue that anti-abortion radicals are responsible.
Fri, 27 Jul 2018
The head of Ofsted has said she remains firmly opposed to any "carve-outs" for faith groups from regulatory requirements for schools, including exemptions which would enable faith schools to avoid mentioning same-sex relations in class.
A decision to only caution a bishop for gross indecency following allegations of sexual abuse was wrong, a prosecutor has told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
A detective who conducted an inquiry into an abusive bishop in the 1990s has told the IICSA inquiry that the C of E knew an "awful lot" about it but withheld information.
A coroner's service in north London is to provide an evening and weekend provision for dealing with urgent matters, in a move heralded by a large Jewish burial society.
Jewish groups are placing more pressure on the inner north London coroner Mary Hassell after her neighbouring coroner's decision to provide an out-of-hours service.
Six out of every ten people think faith teachings are essentially peaceful but seven out of ten believe most of the wars in world history were caused by religions, a new survey for the think tank Theos suggests.
Data shows that in a growing number of communities around the US, especially in rural areas, patients and physicians have access to just one hospital. And in more and more places, that hospital is Catholic.
It is 50 years since Pope Paul VI restated the Catholic church's ban on artificial contraception. This editorial says he destroyed the authority of his office and the lives of millions of women.
Extensive reporting by international media and human rights groups indicates upwards of hundreds of thousands of Uighurs — a Muslim-minority ethnic group — have been detained in sprawling "re-education" centres in the far-western Xinjiang region of China.
ABC News (Australia)
Somalia's attorney general has announced the nation's first prosecution for female genital mutilation after a 10-year-old girl bled to death following a traditional cutting last week.
Critics of Israel's government say its new 'Jewish nation-state' law is indicative of its efforts to make Israel less democratic and more illiberal.
Research shows that secularisation occurs before economic development and a respect for individual rights separates rich countries from poor ones.
The Conversation (US)
Thu, 26 Jul 2018
An aide to the Prince of Wales contacted police in 2013 to ask about "embarrassing" material it may have collected during an investigation into a paedophile bishop, the independent child sex abuse inquiry has heard.
David Aaronovitch says activists who have denounced Rotherham's MP are trying to shut down debate about real problems in their community, and "no one wins but the extremists".
The Times (£)
A man who claims he was indecently assaulted by a Church of England priest was threatened with "legal action" and "prison" after he reported it to the then bishop of Hull, a court has heard. The court also heard that the bishop knew of an abuse allegation 20 years ago.
The Scottish government is looking at potential measures to protect patients and staff using abortion facilities amid growing concerns over "intimidating" protests.
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