UK Catholicism

Some Post-Synod Considerations: Catholicism, Gender and Ritual Ambiguity

Nick Fouche | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Nick Fouche

The Vatican synod treating of 'Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization' has now come and gone. Recommendations by variou...

Teachers Shouldn't Be the Victims of Religious Discrimination

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Parents with children at a primary school East Sussex expressed outrage this week, when it became clear that the school's popular headteacher, who was drafted in to save the failing primary, could not stay on permanently because he isn't Roman Catholic. The school of course, is a faith school.

Catholics De-Frock More Than 50 Priests In Sex Abuse Probe

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK

Sex abuse allegations against Catholic priests have led to more than 50 'de-frockings' in England and Wales since new guidelines were put in place to ...

Northern Ireland Quietly Opens Heart to Mixed Relationships

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Jemimah Steinfeld

"This is off the record right? Before this conversation goes any further I need to know my name isn't going to appear anywhere." Thus speaks a Catholic woman from Northern Ireland upon being asked questions about her 35-year marriage to a Protestant.

Honouring Peter Gilbert - a Giant Voice for Spirituality's Role in Compassionate Care

Tony Lobl | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

When Rowan Williams uses the word "special" you take note. But when he mentions it three times in one sentence and prefaces it each time with the word "very" we're clearly being called to attention.

Man Crushed To Death By Giant Crucifix

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK

A man has been killed after giant crucifix, erected in honour of the late Pope John Paul II, toppled on top of him. The 30-foot 600kg wood cross fe...

GRAPHIC PICTURES: Christians Re-Enact Crucifixion

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK

Religious Filipinos have re-enacted the crucifixion of Jesus as part of festivities to mark Good Friday. Catholics in San Pedro Cutud village, Pam...

Why God Matters and On Being an Orphan

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

God, that nebulous being without a face, has confused mankind forever. Either you are with him or against him. I recently took confession and the priest, locked behind a screen, ordered me to say to God that I was sorry for offending him.

Reality Of Life For Catholics? They Have Sex Before Marriage, Use Condoms And Get Divorced

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK

Catholics have sex before marriage, use contraception and get divorced, and the Church needs to confront that reality, a new Vatican study has shown. ...

The Catholic Church's Tough Message for Business

Cardinal Vincent Nichols | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Cardinal Vincent Nichols

We need to move beyond tinkering. There needs to be demonstrable change, driven by a sense of urgency. A clear purpose, founded on human dignity and the common good, can inspire people to come together... But this is not a quick fix. It is a journey that will take many years.

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

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

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 was widely thought to be the main reason that a papal election took place.

Pope Francis: 'The Internet Is A Gift From God'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Pope Francis says that the internet is a "gift from God" - but we need to learn how to live offline, too. The pope, who has proven to be divisive a...

'Homosexuality Is A Physical Defect That Can Be Cured'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Pope Francis' newest Spanish Cardinal has called homosexuality a physical “defect” that can be cured. Recently elected Fernando Sebastian Aguil...

Pope Francis Calls Abortion 'Horrific'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Pope Francis has launched a blistering condemnation of abortion describing it as a "horrific" symptom of a "throwaway culture" at his State of the Wor...

Pope Francis' Best Quotes Of 2013

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK

It has been a year like no other for Catholicism, with Pope Francis calling for big changes in the Roman Catholic Church – including at the very top...

What Should The Pope Wear Next?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

The Pope doesn't care about offbeat headwear - it's part of his job. Yet Francis, who has already proved he's not your traditional Vicar of Christ on ...

Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Religion, and even more, spirituality not tied to formal religion, appears to be unhelpful in terms of protecting you from low mood, and could even be linked with more depression.

Disgraced Cardinal Should Stay Away From Scotland, Says Sucessor

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK

Disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien should stay away from Scotland, his sucessor has warned, after allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour...

What Does The Pope Think About Atheists?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK

Pope Francis has told atheists they can be forgiven by God. The pontiff made the unprecedented gesture in a letter to a newspaper, which appeared u...

Twitter: Let's Not Indulge With the Pope

John Sargeant | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The pope has some solace for those unable to make the trip to Brazil for World Youth Day next week - an occasion that by attending helps the soul in purgatory. By making use of social media and the internet to watch these events, and read speeches made there the user with a genuine spiritual heart (there is the catch) may obtain an indulgence.

Vatican Official Caught Smuggling £17m Into Italy On Government Plane

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK

A Vatican official has been arrested over an alleged plot to bring 20 million euros (around £17m) into Italy on government plane, the Associated Pres...

LOOK: Pope Francis Blesses Sick And Disabled Children

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK

One lucky lad got to ride in the Pope's open top car on Wednesday as the pontiff held his weekly audience with sick and disabled children in St Peter'...

Atheists 'Still Going To Hell' Vatican Confirms

Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: 'Not Believing In The Devil Is The Main Cause Of Atheism' Says Priest Who Insists Pope Francis DID Perform An Exorcism The Vatican has cl...

Pope Francis: Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed By Jesus As Well As Catholics

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK

Pope Francis has delivered a homily in which he states atheists who do good are redeemed through Jesus. Speaking at the Wednesday morning Mass in ...

Vatican Declares Mexico's Death Saint 'Blasphemous'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK

A Vatican spokesman has declared Mexico’s folk Death Saint (Santa Meurte) is “blasphemous” and should not be part of any religion. Cardinal ...