Last weekend's much-hyped royal wedding has turned public attention to the settlement which gives the Church of England a special place in the UK constitution. In
an interview as he prepared for the wedding the archbishop of Canterbury said disestablishment would not be a "disaster", prompting debate over an issue we've been
campaigning on for 152 years.
Then this week the Constitution Unit at UCL called for reform of the coronation service to dilute Anglicanism's role. The report makes a number of welcome
suggestions, but we'll be pressing politicians to go further. State ceremonies should be secular and inclusive.
Meanwhile Ireland's referendum on abortion is taking place today. The pressure for liberalisation has given hope to those who wish to challenge
religious influence in public policy. But as you'll see below there's a need to continue pressing politicians across Britain to end their pandering to organised
religion. If you agree that this is important work, we hope you'll consider lending us your
support. Thank you.
The No More Faith Schools campaign has launched a short guide to help supporters challenge the establishment of new faith schools.
An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child
sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, who is now archbishop of Adelaide, has become the most senior Catholic in the world to be charged and convicted of the
Guernsey's parliament has voted
down a bill to legalise assisted dying.
The counter-extremist think tank Quilliam has issued a report saying the lack of prosecutions for
FGM in Britain is "a national scandal". You can download the report for free from Quilliam's website.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will not appoint any Labour peers that do not support abolishing the House of Lords, the party has said. The move could have implications for the future of the bishops' bench.
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Quotes of the week
"What I find so disturbing about this debate is the heavy hand of the pious upon it. Behind them stand the serried ranks of a church that has shown itself
undeserving of the respect it still expects and demands. From child abuse scandals to the cruel and demeaning treatment of unwed mothers and their vulnerable
children, to the hypocrisy of a celibate clergy (who were often anything but) pontificating on how women should think and behave, Catholicism has imposed a
legacy of shame and denigration that, in its harshness and misogyny, is worse than medieval." Rosemary
Goring on the role of Catholicism in the Irish abortion referendum
"It's so important that the government recognises the mistakes it made and guarantees it won't make them again… If I'd had inclusive and compulsory
sex education at school, I don't think I'd be HIV positive today." Andrew Bates,
who knew nothing about HIV until he was diagnosed with it aged 21, on the legacy of Section 28