Tag Archives: Roman Catholic Church

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Three priests and a former priest have said that they felt “vindicated” after Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien admitted sexual misconduct. The group had accused the senior Roman Catholic clergyman of “inappropriate behaviour” towards them in the 1980s. Catherine Deveney, the journalist who broke the story in The Observer, said she had spoken to the four […]

Saints and Scroungers

One of my favourite modern films is “Stigmata”. In it, a Catholic priest and debunker of miracles for the Holy See (Gabriel Byrne) stumbles across the case of an American hairdresser (Patricia Arquette) who appears to be exhibiting the signs of Stigmata despite living an unashamedly dissolute party-animal life and being a complete non-believer. What […]

The Law is an Ass Bandit

Scotland could become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change. Ministers confirmed they would bring forward a bill on the issue, indicating the earliest ceremonies could take place by the start of 2015. Political leaders, equality organisations and some faith groups welcomed […]

Unequal Marriage

The UK’s largest Muslim body today spoke out in support of Church leaders backing traditional marriage, following the Coalition Government’s proposed changes to the role and status of the institution. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said that it agreed with sentiments expressed by the Archbishop of Canterbury (in his recent address to the Council […]

Images of the Macabre and the Grotesque

Cardinal Keith O’Brien said countries which legalise gay marriage are “shaming themselves” by going against the “natural law,” and should not consider their actions “progress”. He claimed same sex unions were the “thin end of the wedge” and would lead to the “further degeneration of society into immorality.” In a series of controversial comments, he […]

Obscene Ear-Worm Du Jour

So NSFW we had to leave it until the weekend. Tim Minchin seems to be taking the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church quite personally… though with stories like this one I can rather see his point (and I did like the flasher can-can).

Vox Pont.

After a special service at Westminster Abbey later, the Queen is to open the Church of England’s general synod. The synod gets the honour of a royal inauguration because this is the established, state Church and the Queen is its supreme governor. The synod – the Church’s legislative body – is the only institution outside […]

Saints Alive!

Mary MacKillop, who was born to Scottish parents, worked in often harsh conditions in the Outback and will become Australia’s first saint during a special Mass at the Vatican on Oct 17. An Australian documentary due to be aired a week before her canonisation claims that she was persecuted by the Catholic Church for denouncing […]

Tim o’Shanter

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has brushed off any concerns that there is a lack of enthusiasm for the Pope’s visit. Archbishop Vincent Nichols said he was sure “Catholics are looking forward to this visit very much indeed”. The archbishop’s comments came after it was revealed that thousands of […]

I broke them, YOU buy them

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is standing by his comments that women should try to remain virgins until they are married. Mr Abbott agreed that his ”minders” may have been concerned by his public airing of his private views on such topics, but he said today’s politicians “inevitably” had to face more such questions than their […]