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Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill, which would allow doctors in England and Wales to administer a lethal dose of drugs to sound-of-mind terminally ill patients with less than six months to live, had its second reading in the Lords on Friday, write Ruth Gledhill and Hannah Roberts.
THE HEADMASTER of a prominent Catholic secondary school has hit back at a government body’s ruling that its admissions policy favoured white middle-class pupils, writes Liz Dodd.
Writer and broadcaster Mary Colwell has criticised the church hierarchy for failing to speak out more forcefully on the environment.
PARISHIONERS OF an Edinburgh church threatened with closure over mounting debts have petitioned the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh to save what they describe as a “community hub”, writes Brian Morton.
THE ASSOCIATION of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Ireland has criticised the decision to appoint Judge Yvonne Murphy to oversee the Commission of Investigation into church-run mother and baby homes.
A prominent Catholic secondary school has been ordered to change its admissions procedures after the school’s adjudicator found it was favouring white middle-class pupils.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, joined leaders of the main faiths and Christian denominations in Britain to condemn the Assisted Dying Bill.
Heythrop College has announced it is in talks with St Mary’s University about forging a new partnership after struggling with a budget shortfall and fewer students.
A former sacristan for the Knights of Malta has pleaded guilty to nine sex offences including those against boys as young as 11 he had met in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Irish hierarchy is in denial about the critical shortage of priests and the collapse in vocations, according to the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland.
Churches are to be open all day in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games and a daily Mass will be said at the athletes’ village for participants and officials, writes Brian Morton.
Negative attitudes towards the Church and its leadership have increased in recent years due to hostility to official teaching and clerical sexual abuse, a new academic study has found.
Concern is growing that access to abortion may be included in the 15-year UN development programme that will replace the Millennium Development Goals from the end of next year.
The bishops of England and Wales have pledged their full backing for the new public inquiry into child abuse.
All office holders in the Church of England are to have a “duty” to follow the guidance and standards in safeguarding procedures for the first time under proposals to be debated at the General Synod in York.
Catholics have allowed the Mass to become part of the consumer society through their sense of entitlement about receiving Holy Communion, according to the bishop responsible for the liturgy.
Young people need to find silence away from the noise of social media in order to encounter God, the archbishop in charge of New Evangelisation has said.
Four catholic cathedrals are among the 22 who will benefit from £5 million in the first round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral repair fund, writes Ruth Gledhill.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS with a majority of Muslim pupils should provide them with prayer rooms and allow them to adapt their uniforms, according to a leading Catholic expert on Islam.
CARDINAL VINCENT Nichols told bishops to reject power during a ceremony to ordain the new Bishop of Brentwood, Alan Williams, on Tuesday, writes Liz Dodd.
GOVERNORS OF Catholic schools have criticised the National Governors’ Association (NGA) for advocating the abolition of compulsory Christian assemblies in schools.
NEW Archbishops of Liverpool and Edinburgh were among 24 prelates to receive the pallium from Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday, writes Liz Dodd.
METHODISTS celebrated more than twice as many funerals as baptisms last year, as latest figures show a decline in membership of one-third over the last decade.
THE BISHOP of Shrewsbury has denounced the “false mercy” put forward in Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill and has warned that the sanctity of life is under attack.
A senior priest has raised questions over the extent to which educational institutions in Wales are using government guidelines to tackle radicalisation of students, after two students who attended a Catholic sixth-form college went to Syria to join the terrorist group Isis.
The Labour Party has reiterated its long-term support for faith schools in the wake of a poll in The Observer newspaper which found that nearly two-thirds of voters believe faith schools should not be funded by the state or should be abolished, writes Ruth Gledhill.
A taking of the temperature of Britain’s relationship with religion began this week with the launch of a major commission’s national consultation on belief.
The first permanent deacon has been commissioned as a Catholic chaplain in the armed forces as concerns grow about the shortage of priests serving the military.
A 100-year-old library that holds thousands of books and artefacts of Catholic history is to close while a search continues for new premises, writes Christopher Lamb.
St Benet’s, the Benedictine permanent private hall that is one of the last bodies at Oxford University with a single-sex policy, has voted to admit women for the first time.
The Church in Scotland has announced its college in Spain will reopen as a seminary.
Catholic and Protestant teachers will train alongside each other in a new institute announced by the Irish Government last week.
The Supreme Court today rejected an appeal to allow doctors to help people to die, but challenged the Government to review the law around euthanasia, writes Liz Dodd.