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News from Britain and Ireland

28 August 2014 by Katherine Backler

FREE TRANSPORT to and from faith schools has effectively been scrapped in England’s countryside, according to an investigation by The Tablet.

28 August 2014 by Brian Morton, Liz Dodd

LEADING ACADEMICS have backed Professor Sir Tom Devine’s call for a “yes” vote in the upcoming Scottish referendum.

28 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

FALLING NUMBERS of vocations could see ancient parishes wiped out, according to the co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests this week.

28 August 2014 by Liz Dodd

FOUR WOMEN of the Year have been chosen by representatives of Catholic women’s organisa­tions and lay movements, writes Liz Dodd.

28 August 2014 by Brian Morton

MORE THAN 1,000 people attended a charismatic-style “healing mission” at a Catholic cathedral in Aberdeen last weekend, writes Brian Morton.

28 August 2014 by Paul Wilkinson

BRITONS WHO join extremist Islamic groups in the Middle East should have their passports revoked, a former Archbishop of Canterbury suggested this week, while the current Archbishop of York condemned the Government’s response to those fleeing persecution in Iraq.

28 August 2014 by Brian Morton

THE BISHOP of Paisley has offered “prayerful support” to families and communities affected by the closure of the last surviving shipyard on the Lower Clyde and the only yard still building merchant vessels, writes Brian Morton.

Previous issues

21 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

Leading theologians have criticised the closure of a university’s postgraduate theology and ministry programme as “deeply regrettable”.

21 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

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.

21 August 2014 by 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.

21 August 2014 by Christopher Lamb

A major survey hoping to garner examples of how religious faith is treated in the workplace in Britain has been launched, writes Christopher Lamb.

21 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The Catholic Union has criticised the decision by Travelodge to remove Bibles from its hotel rooms, writes Ruth Gledhill.

21 August 2014 by Brian Morton

A leading Catholic aid charity has called on governments to challenge businesses that exploit the poor and the environment.

21 August 2014 by Brian Morton

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.

21 August 2014 by 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.

21 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

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.

14 August 2014 by Christopher Lamb

A senior English Benedictine house is considering its future after the retirement of its abbot and the decision not to immediately appoint a successor.

14 August 2014 by Brian Morton

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.

14 August 2014 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

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.

14 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

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.

14 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The Church of England has made its largest single property sale, writes Ruth Gledhill.

14 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

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”.

14 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

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.

07 August 2014 by Joanna Moorhead

NEW DRAFT guidelines on NHS chaplaincies could seriously undermine the work of Catholic chaplains in hospitals, it was claimed this week.

07 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

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.

07 August 2014 by Christopher Lamb

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.

07 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

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.

07 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

POLICE HAVE questioned the Bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham, over allegations of indecent assault on a girl under 18 and a woman.

07 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

A LEADING Irish theologian has criticised Vatican action to silence Fr Tony Flannery and suspend him from ministry, describing it as “theologically inept”.

07 August 2014 by Brian Morton

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.

07 August 2014 by Joanna Moorhead

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.

31 July 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

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.

31 July 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

Up to one in 10 Catholic priests are former Church of England clergy, according to new figures, writes Ruth Gledhill.

31 July 2014 by Christopher Lamb

One of the Church in England and Wales’ landmark lay ministry courses has ended due to a lack of students and funding.

31 July 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

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.

31 July 2014

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.

31 July 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

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.

31 July 2014 by Christopher Lamb

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.

31 July 2014 by 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.