May 16, 2011

Vatican issues sexual abuse guidelines

by Jan Harris

The Vatican has issued guidelines designed to improve the way sexual abuse allegations are handled by bishops around the world. The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked by allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests since the 1980s, with those in positions of authority in the church facing much criticism for their failure to protect […]

May 13, 2011

New York Police uncover plan to bomb synagogue

by Jan Harris

New York police have arrested two men believed to be planning to bomb a synagogue in Manhattan. The men, Ahmed Ferhani, 26, and Mohammed Mamdouh, 20, purchased guns, ammunition and a hand grenade from an undercover police officer. It is alleged that they planned to disguise themselves as Jews and attend a service at Manhattan’s […]

May 12, 2011

Group claims denominational schools fuel sectarianism

by Jan Harris

The Scottish Legal Action Group (Scolag) has called on the Scottish Government to stop funding denominational schools and to put an end to religion education, in order to clearly separate church and state. The remarks were made after Sectarianism reared its head in Glasgow, with parcel bombs being sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon, his […]

May 11, 2011

Al-Qaida vows to avenge Bin Laden’s death

by Jan Harris

SITE, an intelligence service which monitors terrorist and extremist websites, reports that Al-Fajr Media Centre has published calls from Al-Qaida for Muslims to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden. Al-Fajr Media Centre, which distributes al-Qaida propaganda online, called the killing a ‘big mistake’ and said that Americans would ‘pay the price’ for the assassination. […]

May 10, 2011

Spy cameras removed after protests

by Jan Harris

Controversial surveillance cameras are being removed from the Birmingham suburbs of Washwood Heath, Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Moseley, where there is a large Muslim population. The cameras, which were part of West Midlands Police’s ‘Project Champion’ counter terrorism strategy, were designed to secretly record the number plates of all cars entering and leaving the areas. Assistant […]

May 9, 2011

R.E. campaigners call for House of Commons debate

by Jan Harris

David Cameron is being called upon by Religious Education campaigners to honour his pre-election promise that any petition with more than 100,000 signatures can be debated in the House of Commons. The RE.Act campaign, which seeks to ensure that GCSE RE is included in the recently launched English Baccalaureate, has now been signed by 110,000 […]

May 6, 2011

Archbishop uncomfortable over Osama Bin Laden’s killing

by Jan Harris

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has expressed concern over the killing of Osama Bin Laden by US special forces on Monday. When asked, at a press conference, if the US was morally justified in shooting him, Dr Williams said: “I think that the killing of an unarmed man is always going to leave […]

May 5, 2011

Flying bishops appointed

by Jan Harris

The archbishop of Canterbury has announced the appointment of two new ‘flying bishops’, or “Provincial Episcopal Visitors” as they are officially known. In their new roles, the Rev Jonathan Baker and the Rev Norman Banks will provide pastoral care for parishes and priests who believe that the ordination of female clergy as bishops is contrary […]

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