Tags: Catholic Church

Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers

Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers

Posted: Tue, 22 May 2012

A survey of Northern Ireland's teenagers shows that religious and ethnic barriers are being gradually broken down, but another survey in the workplace shows that there is still a long way to go as sectarianism there is still rife. Read More »

Has Michael Gove already made up his mind about Catholic political agitation in state schools?

Has Michael Gove already made up his mind about Catholic political agitation in state schools?

Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012

Damian Thompson, high profile Catholic and editor of the Daily Telegraph's blog section, accidentally tweeted over the weekend that he was told it would be OK for Catholic schools to oppose same-sex marriage at a dinner party attended by Education Secretary Michael Gove. Read More »

Welsh Minister says Catholic schools may be breaking the law by opposing gay marriage

Welsh Minister says Catholic schools may be breaking the law by opposing gay marriage

Posted: Wed, 09 May 2012

The Welsh Government has written to Catholic schools in Wales to warn them that they may be breaking the law in encouraging pupils to oppose equal marriage for LGBT people. Read More »

Michael Gove to investigate Catholic schools’ anti-gay petition

Michael Gove to investigate Catholic schools’ anti-gay petition

Posted: Sun, 29 Apr 2012

The Department for Education has announced that it will investigate complaints that rules were breached when Catholic schools were asked to encourage their pupils to sign a national petition against gay marriage. Read More »

Ireland rejects abortion law reform

Ireland rejects abortion law reform

Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2012

The lower house of the Irish Parliament has rejected a private member's bill to ease the Republic's abortion laws. In a vote of 109 to 20, the Dáil rejected the bill brought by Clare Daly of the opposition Socialist Party that would permit "termination of pregnancy where a real and substantial risk to the life of the pregnant woman exists." Read More »

Catholic Education Service is abusing its authority in state schools

Catholic Education Service is abusing its authority in state schools

Posted: Wed, 25 Apr 2012

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has been accused of abusing its authority by contacting Catholic schools asking them to tell pupils about a political campaign against equal marriage legislation for LGBT people. Read More »

Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Posted: Fri, 13 Apr 2012

The Irish government is about to start the process of taking some schools out of the control of the Catholic Church faces a clash with bishops over the proposed scrapping of an old primary school rule which states that religion should underpin every aspect of daily school life. Read More »

In a “revolutionary” move, Poland to reduce subsidies to the Catholic Church

In a “revolutionary” move, Poland to reduce subsidies to the Catholic Church

Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2012

In an unprecedented move that is seen by some as "revolutionary", the Polish government is seeking to realign its relationship with the Catholic Church – and not in a way that the Vatican will like. Read More »

Gove backs voluntary cap on faith-based admissions in new Catholic school

Gove backs voluntary cap on faith-based admissions in new Catholic school

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that cap on faith-based admissions at a proposed new faith school in south west London would be "very sensible". Read More »

Why US Catholics are leaving the Church

Why US Catholics are leaving the Church

Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012

A survey of lapsed Catholics in the USA has tried to get to the root of why they abandoned the church. Their answers were not very surprising. Read More »

An unbridgeable gulf separates Norway and the Holy See on women’s rights at the United Nations

An unbridgeable gulf separates Norway and the Holy See on women’s rights at the United Nations

Posted: Wed, 21 Mar 2012

Two very contrasting statements about abortion and contraception were made this week at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Read More »

Pope renews attack on IVF

Pope renews attack on IVF

Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012

Speaking at a conference on infertility in Rome, the Pope has renewed his attack on IVF treatments. He said artificial methods of getting pregnant were 'arrogance', insisting that sex between a husband and wife was the only acceptable way of conceiving. Read More »

Catholic midwives lose abortion 'conscientious objection' case

Catholic midwives lose abortion 'conscientious objection' case

Posted: Wed, 29 Feb 2012

Two Catholic midwives have lost a legal battle after claiming that being asked to supervise nurses involved in abortion procedures violated their religious conscience. Read More »

Italy orders Vatican to pay tax on its commercial property

Italy orders Vatican to pay tax on its commercial property

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012

After 130,000 Italians signed an online petition calling for the Vatican to be taxed on its commercial properties, the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, has said that such a tax will now be levied, bringing an end to the waivers that gave the Catholic Church millions of euros out of the taxpayers' pockets. Read More »