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Leading theologians have criticised the closure of a university’s postgraduate theology and ministry programme as “deeply regrettable”.
The number of students taking religious studies at A level in England has almost doubled in a decade, according to new figures, writes Ruth Gledhill.
The Chief Executive of the Catholic charity Marriage Care welcomed the Government’s greater commitment to supporting marriage pledged by the Prime Minister in a ringing endorsement of family life in London this week.
A major survey hoping to garner examples of how religious faith is treated in the workplace in Britain has been launched, writes Christopher Lamb.
The Catholic Union has criticised the decision by Travelodge to remove Bibles from its hotel rooms, writes Ruth Gledhill.
A leading Catholic aid charity has called on governments to challenge businesses that exploit the poor and the environment.
The Bishop of Motherwell has told a sheriff court that a priest “booby-trapped” a church house following attempts to evict him, writes Brian Morton.
A leading Catholic historian has lent his weight to the pro-independence movement by announcing that he will vote “Yes” in the forthcoming Scottish referendum, writes Brian Morton.
Ireland’s new abortion law’s first test case has seen a rape victim denied an abortion, then her baby delivered by Caesarean section at 25 weeks, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
A senior English Benedictine house is considering its future after the retirement of its abbot and the decision not to immediately appoint a successor.
St Mary’s Cathedral in Aberdeen is to host a three-day “healing mission” run by a group offering the charismatic-style laying-on of hands, writes Brian Morton.
Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi called for David Cameron to “seriously consider” authorising targeted military action to save the lives of religious minorities driven from their homes by jihadists in northern Iraq.
The 77-year-old nun who twice arranged for a provocative black Islamic flag to be removed from the gate of the Will Crooks Estate in Poplar, east London, has called for extra funding to help with training and employment for the area’s young men.
The Church of England has made its largest single property sale, writes Ruth Gledhill.
The leader of the Anglican Church in Ireland has rejected the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey’s stance on assisted dying, describing it as “perplexing”.
The Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, has submitted his resignation as Archbishop of Armagh as he today reaches the episcopal retirement age of 75, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
NEW DRAFT guidelines on NHS chaplaincies could seriously undermine the work of Catholic chaplains in hospitals, it was claimed this week.
The church has expressed its regret at the resignation of Baroness Warsi as Minister for Faith and Communities. Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi stood down on Wednesday, saying that she could no longer support what she called the Government's “morally indefensible” approach to the Gaza conflict, writes Ruth Gledhill.
THE CENTENARY of the outbreak of the First World War was marked at Westminster Abbey on Monday with a service focusing on peace, repentance and reconciliation.
Jeremy Pemberton, a canon and Church of England hospital chaplain, is seeking legal advice after he had the offer of another chaplaincy job withdrawn because his bishop has refused him a licence, writes Ruth Gledhill.
POLICE HAVE questioned the Bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham, over allegations of indecent assault on a girl under 18 and a woman.
A LEADING Irish theologian has criticised Vatican action to silence Fr Tony Flannery and suspend him from ministry, describing it as “theologically inept”.
THE SCOTTISH town of Coatbridge has said farewell to the De La Salle order, which has served in the Lanarkshire community for 40 years, writes Brian Morton.
THE FUTURE of Catholic education in Wales could be jeopardised by the ending of subsidised transport for pupils at faith schools, the head teacher of a church secondary school said this week, writes Joanna Moorhead.
Faith groups and voluntary and local-authority leaders in Birmingham are negotiating a pioneering “social-action covenant” to remove mistrust and promote collaboration across a range of projects.
Up to one in 10 Catholic priests are former Church of England clergy, according to new figures, writes Ruth Gledhill.
One of the Church in England and Wales’ landmark lay ministry courses has ended due to a lack of students and funding.
Pope Francis’ courage is causing disquiet among those with “a very conformist and closed Catholicism”, the Archbishop of Dublin has warned, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
In a news story published in the 26 July 2014 edition of The Tablet headed “Church builds bridges with abuse survivors”, we referred to a High Court judgment which held that Portsmouth Diocese could be vicariously liable for alleged abuse by its priests.
Peace groups around the country will call for an end to war as Catholic and other religious leaders join vigils, services and commemorations to mark the centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War on Monday.
The Church must be willing to accept criticism from the secular world as “prophetic”, a gathering of Catholics seeking to influence public life has been told, writes Christopher Lamb.
A veteran peace campaigner has called on Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land to be better informed on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, writes Christopher Lamb.
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.