Roman Catholic Church

Lord Carey of Clifton

Carey hits out at ‘naive’ bishops in poverty row

The welfare state has reached “gargantuan” proportions and bishops are doing the Church no favours by entering the political debate about benefit cuts, a former Archbishop of Canterbury warns today. Lord Carey of Clifton says that it was simplistic for Church leaders, including the head of Britain’s Catholics and 27 Anglican bishops, to blame cuts […]

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Papal court could strip sex shame cardinal Keith O’Brien of title in wake of trial

Disgraced cardinal Keith O’Brien may face a trial under internal Catholic Church law which could see him stripped of his red hat. The church hierarchy are probing allegations O’Brien – now living at a retreat in Cumbria – made unwanted sexual advances towards young priests. Three priests whose accusations forced O’Brien to stand down from […]

David Burrowes MP

Bishops were duped into backing left-wing letter, claim Tory MPs

Church leaders were “duped” into backing a left-wing campaign to criticise the Government’s welfare reforms, it was claimed last night. Anglican bishops were also accused of being out of touch with the views of their own congregations after poll results showed that a majority of people believe benefit cuts are necessary. Conservative politicians have demanded […]

Prof Linda Woodhead

Church of England bishops do not speak for own flock on welfare, study suggests

Church of England bishops who criticise Government welfare cuts speak for only a small minority of their own flock, a landmark study on the attitudes of religious people suggests. Research by Prof Linda Woodhead, one of Britain’s leading authorities on the place of religion in society, found that more than half of Anglicans actively support […]

Colin Hart

Scottish Government threatened with legal action over ‘state guardian’ plans

SNP ministers have been threatened with legal action aimed at protecting parents’ rights after they pushed through plans to give every child in Scotland a state guardian. The Christian Institute charity promised to “drag” the Scottish government through the courts “in defence of family life against state intrusion”. It has obtained legal advice from one […]

Fort Augustus Abbey School

Second man charged over Fort Augustus Abbey school abuse claims

A second man has been charged in relation to the abuse of pupils at a former Catholic boarding school. Police Scotland said the 63-year-old from the west of Scotland had been charged in connection with reports of historic physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highlands. A report has been submitted to […]

Kirk moderator says 'blame society, not Buckfast'

Kirk moderator says ‘blame society, not Buckfast’

A holy war has erupted over Buckfast, the controversial fortified wine, after the moderator of the Church of Scotland [sic] defended the brand against criticism from the Scottish Labour party. A string of Labour MSPs, including Dr Richard Simpson, the party’s health spokesman, have blamed the drink, brewed by monks in Somerset, for fuelling social […]

Same-sex marriage vote prompts Wishaw church concerns

Same-sex marriage vote prompts Wishaw church concerns

Ministers from Wishaw churches have voiced concerns and disappointment over the legalisation of gay marriage. Last week the Scottish parliament voted by 105-18 to recognise same-sex marriage, following the lead of Westminster where last year the practice was legalised in England and Wales. Despite such overwhelming support among politicians – including that of Motherwell and […]

Fr John Keenan

Glasgow priest appointed Bishop of Paisley by Pope

Pope Francis has appointed a new Bishop of Paisley. Father John Keenan is to take up the position which has been vacant since September 2012 when Bishop Philip Tartaglia became Archbishop of Glasgow. The 49-year-old Glaswegian is currently the priest at St Patrick’s, Anderston, as well as University of Glasgow’s Chaplain (Turnbull Hall) and vocations […]

Roman Catholic Church remains committed to the sacrament of marriage

Roman Catholic Church remains committed to the sacrament of marriage

The Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of legislation to allow same-sex ‘marriage’ on Tuesday, with the first such ceremonies now expected to take place before the end of this year. The passing of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, by 105 votes to 18, dismayed traditional marriage campaigners, who said politicians had failed […]

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