Keith Porteous Wood
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Executive Director, National Secular Society.

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Pope's First Year of Papacy Has Been a Failure on Child Abuse

(3) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (15:19)

Ahead of the first anniversary of his papacy, it's a good time to review the Pope's handling of the child abuse crisis, which so plagued the papacy of his predecessor.

Few would dispute that clerical child abuse was the most pressing issue, given that his predecessor's lamentable performance on this...

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An Analysis of the Criticism By the United Nations of the Vatican Over Child Abuse - And the Vatican's Reaction to It

(1) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (14:11)

States that ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as has the Vatican - or technically its diplomatic name, the Holy See (HS) - are subject to 5 yearly examinations by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The final stage in this process is the...

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Vatican Under Unprecedented Scrutiny Over Child Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (11:45)

With nearly a dozen television crews in attendance, the Vatican representatives at their cross-examination by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 16 January (2014) in Geneva were under fierce scrutiny. The main topic was clerical child abuse, the first time they have ever had to answer...

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Same Sex Marriage Act - Time to Separate Religion From Politics

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (11:51)

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed with overwhelming support. It has done little more than re-brand civil partnerships, but symbolically its passing was a breath-taking moment of the zeitgeist.

Even the leadership of the Established Church now recognise it as such, all the more so because...

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Equality (Marriage) (Amendment) Bill Should Not and Will Not Succeed

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2013 | (10:20)

This ten minute rule Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 29 January 2013 to amend the Equality Act to add "conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage" as a protected characteristic alongside disability, sex, and sexual orientation etc.

I argue that the Bill is...

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