UK Catholicism

Vatican Ignores Gay And Lesbian VIPs

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK

In a startlingly progressive move, the Vatican gave a group of American gay and lesbian Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis’ weekly general audience...

Is It Long Overdue We Put Saint Valentine's Day "In the Corner"?

Tom Conrad | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Conrad

Nowadays we send one another over-priced confectionery, bits of cherub encrusted tat through the letter box, or limp decapitated flowers. Writing cards still persists, though once again the cards are ordinarily sent to someone in the office (someone we have a guy or girlboner for).

Lefty Pope Heads To Congress

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the US House and Senate on September 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker J...

So We Don't Have to Be 'Like Rabbits'. Phew.

Sally Fraser | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

We had been told about Natural Family Planning at marriage preparation but it was all a bit disgusting, (its not just dates and calendars you know, there is a big emphasis on mucous, its grim) and frankly I don't see the point.

Why I Hate Religion And You Should Too

Jake Warren | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Jake Warren

I choose to my put my faith in humanity, I don't feel the need for a creator to make sense of the world whether he takes an active interest or not. For me the trick is to be content in the not knowing bit, I don't know and I probably never will categorically know...

Sara C Nelson

'I Believe In The Catholic Church And In The Women I Work With'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is running its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on t...

Terminally Ill Brittany Maynard's Decision To End Her Own Life Was 'Reprehensible'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

A Vatican official has described the assisted suicide of a woman suffering from terminal brain cancer as “reprehensible”. Newlywed Brittany Ma...

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

Nick Fouche | Posted 27.12.2014 | 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 15.11.2014 | 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...