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Tuesday 3 March 2009

Murphy O’Connor must not be given a peerage

The Times reports today that the Government is considering offering a peerage to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, who is soon to retire as leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This will be the first time a Catholic cleric has sat in Parliament since the reformation. The Times (...)
Friday 6 February 2009

World Youth Day 2008: Before and After

In December 2003 The Catholic Weekly reported Australia ’s Catholic bishops had agreed to make a bid for Sydney to host World Youth Day for 2008. Cardinal George Pell would oversee “the preparation of a bid to the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome ”. It was estimated that as many as 150,000 (...)
Monday 26 January 2009

Walking on eggshells in the NHS

At one time you went to the hospital to be treated for illness and injuries. Everybody was treated the same way, and you came home with your bandages, plaster cast, pills and potions, C-difficile or whatever. Nowadays there are demands from religious groups to be treated differently. A new set (...)
Monday 26 January 2009

Dorset town is set to become the first place with religion-only education

Swanage in Dorset is set to become the first place in the country where parents will have no option but to send their children to "faith schools". Swanage First School – the only community school in a 16 mile radius – is threatened with closure and replacement by a Church of England school. All (...)
Friday 16 January 2009

ANZSA Update December 2008

This is the second update of the Australia New Zealand Secular Association. PDF document inclosed

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6 October 2010 - NSS Bulletin autumn 2010

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7 September 2010 - Number of Catholic weddings falls dramatically

The number of Catholic weddings in the (US) Archdiocese of Boston – where the extent of the (...)

7 September 2010 - Armed forces consider deploying "humanist chaplains"

The Scotsman reports "military sources" as being "sympathetic" to the idea of establishing an (...)

7 September 2010 - Coming out as atheist – John McCrirrick

The barmy betting guru John McCrirrick tells us on Channels Four’s own "Thought for the Day" (...)

7 September 2010 - Darwin’s house and laboratory denied world heritage status – for now

Charles Darwin’s home, Down House in Kent, and the surrounding landscape where he carried out (...)