Fri, 31 Aug 2018

Archbishop compares Catholic Church to mafia

Archbishop compares Catholic Church to mafia

Carlo Viganò, the whistleblower who accused the Pope of covering up abuse allegations against a US cardinal, said he had spoken out because corruption went to the top of the church. Yesterday one of the pope's closest aides criticised Viganò.

The Times (£)

Facebook accused of targeting young LGBT users with 'gay cure' adverts

Facebook accused of targeting young LGBT users with 'gay cure' adverts

Facebook has been targeting young LGBT people with "predatory" 'gay cure' adverts, a Telegraph investigation has found.

The Telegraph

Nottingham Muslim convert accused of encouraging terrorism on Facebook

Nottingham Muslim convert accused of encouraging terrorism on Facebook

A Muslim convert from Nottingham has appeared in court accused of encouraging terrorism on Facebook.

Nottingham Post

‘Assisted dying should be an option for all competent, suffering adults’

‘Assisted dying should be an option for all competent, suffering adults’

Michael Irwin lays out his support for assisted dying.

The Economist

Row over Orange march past Catholic church in Glasgow continues

Row over Orange march past Catholic church in Glasgow continues

The Catholic Church has slammed plans for a Protestant parade which is due to pass a church where a priest was allegedly attacked at during an Orange Order march. The local council has asked organisers to change the route but they have refused.

The Herald

China must release Uighur Muslims from alleged re-education camps 'immediately', UN says

China must release Uighur Muslims from alleged re-education camps 'immediately', UN says

China must immediately release Uighur Muslims being held in alleged political re-education camps on the "pretext of countering terrorism", a committee of UN human rights experts have said.

The Independent

US Supreme Court refuses to back Catholic foster care agency over same-sex couples

US Supreme Court refuses to back Catholic foster care agency over same-sex couples

The US Supreme Court has refused to intercede in a dispute between Philadelphia and a Catholic foster care agency that does not work with same-sex couples. The agency sued Philadelphia after the city imposed a freeze on placements with it.

The New York Times

Conservatives are trying to derail marriage equality from becoming law in Taiwan

Conservatives are trying to derail marriage equality from becoming law in Taiwan

Conservative groups in Taiwan, including many Christian churches, are pushing back against marriage equality. According to a judgement from the country's top court, same-sex marriage must become law by May 2019.

Quartz

Fundamentalists claim Belfast fire was caused by Pride collection

Fundamentalists claim Belfast fire was caused by Pride collection

Fundamentalists have claimed the fire which destroyed the Primark store in Belfast happened because the shop was selling a Pride collection.

Attitude

Thu, 30 Aug 2018

Rabbi to present BBC Radio 4 series on morality

Rabbi to present BBC Radio 4 series on morality

BBC Radio 4 is to air a five-part series next week presented by the former chief rabbi Lord Sacks, on "some of the most pressing moral issues of our time".

The JC

Pakistan’s PM promises to raise Muhammad cartoons at UN

Pakistan’s PM promises to raise Muhammad cartoons at UN

Thousands of Islamists have set off on a protest march in Pakistan to demand Imran Khan's new government sever diplomatic ties with the Netherlands over a "blasphemous" cartoon competition. Prime minister Imran Khan has addressed the issue in his maiden speech to the senate, pledged to raise it at the UN and called on Islamic countries to cooperate to introduce blasphemy laws.

The Guardian

Arrests of critics of Hindu nationalism in India ‘seem politically motivated’

Arrests of critics of Hindu nationalism in India ‘seem politically motivated’

Five prominent Indian activists who oppose Hindu nationalism have been arrested. Police say they incited Dalits (those of a lower 'caste') to violence. But others have accused the authorities of double standards. Groups including Amnesty International say the arrests raise questions over political motivations.

BBC

Hindu group calls for removal of word ‘secular’ from Indian constitution

Hindu group calls for removal of word ‘secular’ from Indian constitution

An extremist Hindu group has called for the word 'secular' to be removed from India's constitution. A minister from India's Republican Party has rejected the idea.

The Times of India

Jewish groups call on Labour to deal with antisemitism

Jewish groups call on Labour to deal with antisemitism

Several leading Jewish organisations have called on Jeremy Corbyn to end the "impasse" over tackling antisemitism in the Labour party.

The Guardian

Iranian activist jailed over hijab protests goes on hunger strike

Iranian activist jailed over hijab protests goes on hunger strike

Human rights activists in Iran have said they are worried about a man on hunger strike who was reportedly jailed for protesting against rules requiring women to wear a hijab.

The Guardian

‘China is treating Islam like a mental illness’

‘China is treating Islam like a mental illness’

Sigal Samuel says China is putting Muslims in internment camps—and causing psychological damage in the process.

The Atlantic

US court rejects atheists' appeal over 'In God We Trust' on money

US court rejects atheists' appeal over 'In God We Trust' on money

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said printing "In God We Trust" on US currency is constitutional, citing its longstanding use and saying it was not coercive.

Reuters

Pew report shows what Americans of different faiths and none have in common

Pew report shows what Americans of different faiths and none have in common

A report grouping people by their beliefs on a wide spectrum of topics rather than religious affiliation offers a fresh take on what Americans have in common.

The Washington Post

Same-sex marriage in Taiwan faces new hurdle after anti-gay campaigners propose referendum

Same-sex marriage in Taiwan faces new hurdle after anti-gay campaigners propose referendum

Conservative campaigners have thrown a roadblock in the path to legalising same-sex unions in Taiwan, proposing a public vote on the issue and saying any reforms would jeopardise "family values".

Hong Kong Free Press

Dominican Republic may be set to legalise abortion

Dominican Republic may be set to legalise abortion

Twenty-six countries currently ban abortion in all circumstances, but the Dominican Republic may break with its conservative neighbours to legalise it under certain conditions.

Ozy

Wed, 29 Aug 2018

Police investigate petrol bomb attack on Sikh temple in Edinburgh

Police investigate petrol bomb attack on Sikh temple in Edinburgh

A petrol bomb attack on a Sikh temple in Edinburgh is being treated as a hate crime.

BBC

‘We saw nuns kill children: the ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage’

‘We saw nuns kill children: the ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage’

Christine Kenneally tells the story of decades of abuse at Catholic orphanages in the US.

BuzzFeed News

Catholic Church sex abuse cover-up in Pennsylvania ‘went all the way to the Vatican’

Catholic Church sex abuse cover-up in Pennsylvania ‘went all the way to the Vatican’

Pennsylvania's attorney general has claimed to have evidence that the Vatican was aware of a systematic cover up for decades of sex abuse carried out by priests in the Catholic Church.

The Independent

Cardinals’ letter calls on pope to resign

Cardinals’ letter calls on pope to resign

A letter attacking Pope Francis over claims that he covered up allegations of sexual abuse by a high-profile American cardinal has brought a crisis in the Catholic Church into focus.

Time

Shocking number of FGM cases reported in Dorset

Shocking number of FGM cases reported in Dorset

NHS Digital have revealed that five new cases of FGM have been reported in Dorset in the space of three months between January and March 2018.

Dorset Echo

‘The Brexit debate is ignoring the potential erosion of human rights in Northern Ireland’

‘The Brexit debate is ignoring the potential erosion of human rights in Northern Ireland’

Michael Farrell says the protections of equality embodied in the Belfast Agreement are under threat during the Brexit process, and too little attention is being paid to it.

The Irish Times

Former chief rabbi compares Corbyn to Enoch Powell

Former chief rabbi compares Corbyn to Enoch Powell

A former chief rabbi has accused Jeremy Corbyn of the most offensive comments by a senior politician "since Enoch Powell", after his criticism of British "Zionists". The Labour Party has dismissed the comparison.

The Independent

Saudi TV ads breached British broadcast law

Saudi TV ads breached British broadcast law

The Saudi government breached British broadcasting law by buying television adverts trumpeting the policies of the country's crown prince.

The Times (£)

Ireland’s abortion legislation could be delayed by further appeal

Ireland’s abortion legislation could be delayed by further appeal

Ireland's Department of Health is awaiting a Friday deadline for an appeal against the result of May's referendum on abortion to reach the Supreme Court. On Monday the Court of Appeal in Ireland upheld a decision to reject the appeal, calling it a "frustration of the democratic process".

The Irish Times

Rape victim wins release from abortion jail sentence in Indonesia

Rape victim wins release from abortion jail sentence in Indonesia

An Indonesian court has approved the legal appeal of a Sumatran teenager who was repeatedly raped by her brother and then jailed for having an illegal abortion.

The Guardian

Israel cancels Saturday work on highway construction

Israel cancels Saturday work on highway construction

The Israeli government has cancelled construction work on a major highway which was due to take place on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.

Arutz Sheva

Facebook ends targeting of ads based on religion

Facebook ends targeting of ads based on religion

Facebook has announced that it has deleted around 5,000 options for targeting ads, including those based on the religion of users.

La Croix

Tue, 28 Aug 2018

John Smyth's accusers launch claim against Christian trust

John Smyth's accusers launch claim against Christian trust

Survivors of abuse allegedly carried out by the former chairman of a Christian trust have launched a legal claim against the trust which now runs the camps it used to.

Church Times

Abortion pill can be taken at home in England under new plan

Abortion pill can be taken at home in England under new plan

Women in England will be allowed to take an early abortion pill at home, under a government plan due to take effect by the end of the year.

BBC

Non-stun halal school meals plan to be put to all councillors in Lancs

Non-stun halal school meals plan to be put to all councillors in Lancs

A final decision on whether Lancashire County Council will stop supplying non-stunned halal meat for school meals will now be taken by all of the authority's members.

Lancashire Evening Post

Over half of children in Scotland are not getting regular sex education classes

Over half of children in Scotland are not getting regular sex education classes

Over half of children in Scotland don't get regular sex education and a third believe the myth HIV is spread by toilet seats, a poll has shown.

The Scottish Sun

Mosque where terrorist taught stripped of responsibilities for children

Mosque where terrorist taught stripped of responsibilities for children

The trustees at an east London mosque that employed a dangerous extremist who attempted to build an army of child jihadists have been stripped of safeguarding responsibilities by the charity watchdog.

The Guardian

Hygiene probe into Muslim family who turned their back garden into makeshift butchers

Hygiene probe into Muslim family who turned their back garden into makeshift butchers

A hygiene probe is underway after neighbours in Dagenham filmed a family hacking up meat in their back garden. The family says the meat was for personal use.

Daily Mail

Irish PM: time to move Catholic Church from centre of society

Irish PM: time to move Catholic Church from centre of society

The Irish prime minister has called for a new relationship between church and state in which religion is no longer at the centre of society, as the pope made his first visit to Ireland this weekend.

The Guardian

‘The culture of respect for religion has gone too far’

‘The culture of respect for religion has gone too far’

NSS honorary associate Polly Toynbee says Ireland's confrontation with its dark past shines a searchlight on Catholicism – but all religions can be havens for abusers.

The Guardian

‘Why is faith growing globally and what happens next?’

‘Why is faith growing globally and what happens next?’

Harriet Sherwood asks what the global rise in faith means for the future.

The Guardian

Number of FGM cases rising in Germany

Number of FGM cases rising in Germany

A women's rights organisation estimates that 65,000 women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) are living in Germany. Kate Brady met one Somali woman who is calling for an end to the practice.

DW

Dutch PM distances govt from Muhammad cartoon contest

Dutch PM distances govt from Muhammad cartoon contest

The Dutch prime minister has distanced his government from a cartoon contest focusing on the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The contest is being organised later this year by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. His remarks come after authorities in Pakistan lodged a diplomatic protest against Wilders's plan.

ABC News

Trump hosts evangelical leaders at the White House

Trump hosts evangelical leaders at the White House

President Trump has said the US government's "attacks on communities of faith" are "over" as he hosted a dinner celebrating evangelical Christian leaders at the White House.

The Washington Post

Fri, 24 Aug 2018

‘We the survivors of abuse spoke the truth. Why won’t the pope?’

‘We the survivors of abuse spoke the truth. Why won’t the pope?’

Colm O'Gorman says the pope is refusing to acknowledge the Vatican's role in the cover-up of sexual abuse.

The Guardian

Nuns arrested over alleged abuse at closed Smyllum Park orphanage

Nuns arrested over alleged abuse at closed Smyllum Park orphanage

A group of nuns are among a dozen people to be arrested so far and charged in connection with allegations of horrific abuse at a children's home in central Scotland.

The Herald

Orange parade forced to avoid Catholic church in Glasgow

Orange parade forced to avoid Catholic church in Glasgow

An Orange walk will not pass a church where a Catholic priest was allegedly assaulted after council chiefs ordered the latest march to be re-routed.

Express

Hindu professional offence-taker targets another brewery

Hindu professional offence-taker targets another brewery

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, has accused a brewery based in the east Midlands of "inappropriate use" of a Hindu deity. The brewery has said the beer at the centre of the complaint is no longer being brewed.

The Independent

Say Nope to the Pope: Irish snap up tickets to see pontiff – with no plan to go

Say Nope to the Pope: Irish snap up tickets to see pontiff – with no plan to go

In a mass protest, demonstrators against the Catholic church have applied for free tickets to the upcoming papal mass in Dublin but will not be attending.

The Guardian

Ireland’s abortion laws ‘must not leave doctors in fear of prosecution’

Ireland’s abortion laws ‘must not leave doctors in fear of prosecution’

The Irish government has been urged to improve its draft legislation on abortion to stop doctors interpreting the new laws too conservatively.

The Times (£)

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