Tags: Catholic Church

Catholic midwives succeed in attempt to extend “conscience” exemption

Catholic midwives succeed in attempt to extend “conscience” exemption

Posted: Wed, 24 Apr 2013

Two Catholic midwives have won a legal battle for the right to conscientious exemption from all involvement with abortions. Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood argued that being required to supervise staff taking part in abortions violated their human rights. Read More »

Costa Ricans move towards secularism

Costa Ricans move towards secularism

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013

The Catholic Church may be losing its grip on the Central American country of Costa Rica. While at present, Costa Rica is one of the few Western countries to have an official state religion, a recent poll shows that nearly half of the Costa Rican population would rather live in a secular state. Read More »

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013

Following a survey of parents by the Irish Department of Education, 23 primary schools across the country will be divested of their Catholic Church patronage. Read More »

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2013

The secretive and ultra conservative Catholic organisation Opus Dei is thought to be behind the opening of a new private school in Croydon. Read More »

Pope gives personal backing to Europe wide anti-abortion push

Pope gives personal backing to Europe wide anti-abortion push

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013

The Pope has given his personal support to a campaign being run by right-wing Catholics to have abortion "defunded" throughout the European Union. Read More »

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

Posted: Sat, 26 Jan 2013

The National Secular Society has condemned a new booklet issued by the Catholic Church in England and Wales warning teachers and governors at Catholic schools that they risk dismissal if they enter a relationship that is not approved by the Church. Read More »

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013

In 2012, 19 states in the USA enacted 43 provisions that "sought to restrict access to abortion services," according to the Guttmacher Institute. Read More »

Catholic Church fails to stop Philippines contraception bill

Catholic Church fails to stop Philippines contraception bill

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012

The Philippine parliament approved legislation on Monday that permits government funding for contraception and for sex education classes in schools. Read More »