Tags: Catholic Church
Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 by Alistair McBay
Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson
By Terry Sanderson
The Catholic Church is in crisis, and not a moment before time. The level of arrogant politicisation to which it aspired under the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger was appalling.
Not that such interference in secular politics has stopped. Only this... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 by Alistair McBay
Imagine for a moment a secular public service, let's say an adoption charity, refusing to consider applications from prospective adopters who are Catholic purely on the grounds of their religion (equality law notwithstanding) and deliberately restricting the... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson
By Terry Sanderson
Freedom of religion is a vital freedom and one that must be protected.
As a secularist I know I should not be concerned about the inner workings of churches and, so long as they remain within the law, they should be able to organise themselves... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson
And so we are to see an end to the rule of Joseph Ratzinger at the Vatican. At such times it is usual to break out into a chorus of "Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead" from the Wizard of Oz, but we fear that Ratzinger's successor will be as bad, if not worse, than... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Catherine Le Fur
By Catherine Le Fur
The Law Commission of the French parliament held a hearing on 29 November to listen to representations from six religious leaders (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox and Buddhist) on the Government's plans to legalise same-sex... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 by Stephen Evans
Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson
By Terry Sanderson, NSS President
The LGBT rights group Stonewall is under mounting attack for nominating Cardinal Keith O'Brien as "Bigot of the Year" at its awards ceremony this week.
Politicians – such as Alec Salmond – who are petrified of upsetting... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Many will write it off as red meat being thrown to the raving fundamentalists on the back bench of the Tory Party, but the appointment of Baroness Warsi as "Minister for Faith and Communities" is potentially threatening for secularism.
She recently held a meeting... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 by Claire McCormack
By Claire McCormack
Ireland awaits a September report on its abortion laws by a European Court of Human Rights panel of experts at a time of rising political tensions over the issue and a backdrop of steep declines in the popularity of religion.
In Ireland ,... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Aug 2012 by Alistair McBay
Back in 2009, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, held a private seminar entitled "Leadership in the financial sector: a moral and spiritual challenge?" for top City financiers to explore the relevance of Pope Benedict's encyclical... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Yesterday the Catholic Church in America began a campaign it calls "A Fortnight for Freedom" which it says is an effort to raise awareness among Catholics of the threats to their religious liberty. In particular they want to "raise awareness" about the Obama... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?
Posted: Thu, 24 May 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has ramped up the Catholic Church's politically motivated assault on the Obama administration by accusing the President of "strangling" religious freedom by requiring Catholic employers to provide workers with birth control... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 04 May 2012 by Alistair McBay
I have been particularly exasperated in the last few days, in common with many others I'm sure, as a result of the unfolding scandal at the Leveson enquiry. Like me, you may be astounded at the extent to which the British Government has plumbed new depths... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic Church seems to be turning itself from being a religious body into being a rather unpleasant political party – one that is so reactionary it makes the Tea Party look like the Teddy Bears Picnic.
For instance, the Conference of Catholic Bishops... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson
We are told constantly how important the Church of England is to this country and how fond of it we all are. That doesn't sit very well with the result of a BBC survey for the quiz show Pointless that asked 100 respondents to name Archbishops of Canterbury.... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson
I'm sure Baroness Warsi's speech to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome today will please its audience. She promised to support the Pope in his desire to return Christianity to the centre of public life in Britain.
It also seemed to chime with the... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has warned the government that if it tries to legalise gay marriage, it will face a huge onslaught from religious bodies.
These are not empty words. The Church of England and the Catholic Church are already in talks to... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 by Sue Cox