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Fiddling with census figures for religion in New Zealand

Despite the bad publicity dogging the Catholic church internationally,  Karl du Fresne reports that many NZ Catholics have a positive picture of their church in New Zealand (see Catholicism: Holy smoke, NZ Listener). His subtitle conveys the message – despite … Continue reading

I keep running into lapsed catholics. They seem to be everywhere – and usually they are nice people. There’s something about being lapsed which gives you a sense of humour. But I wonder how many have tried to formalise their … Continue reading

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The election of Pope Francis only means the church’s unacceptable policies of the past will be endorsed with a new signet ring.

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The National Secular Society has welcomed the decision by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to uphold its original ruling over the charitable status of a Catholic adoption agency.

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Most people think that Pope Benedict XVI – who ceased to be head of the Catholic Church last week – and his leading Catholic bishops have not been influential in their societies.

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The Supreme Court has this week refused to hear a case from the Catholic Church that it could not be held responsible for abuse committed by one of its priests because he was not an ‘employee’.

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Anti-Catholic Canard: Catholic League accuses church critics of bias and bigotry

Have you ever found yourself in disagreement with the political positions of the Catholic bishops? If so, you’re anti-Catholic. Has it ever occurred to you that the church hierarchy didn’t handle the pedophilia scandal very well, and have you voiced that opinion? You’re anti-Catholic. Do you get upset when priests and bishops violate federal law by endorsing candidates from the pulpit? That’s anti-Catholic too.

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A sensible Christian perspective on Peter Singer

Book review: Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization by Charles C. Camosy Price: US$25.75; Kindle US$16.80 Paperback: 286 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 28, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0521149339 ISBN-13: 978-0521149334 We all “do” morality – its part … Continue reading

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Bishops reject latest Obama olive branch on contraceptives

As you might recall, federal regulations have been issued under the Affordable Care Act concerning what the types of coverage that health care plans must include. Contraceptives are, of course, on the list. Houses of worship and seminaries are exempt from the mandate, but that’s not good enough for the bishops.

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The Pope has given his personal support to a campaign being run by right-wing Catholics to have abortion “defunded” throughout the European Union.

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