Posts Tagged ‘England and Wales’

Catholic schools in England, Wales take in 50 percent more deprived students

Monday, March 25th, 2024

Newly released data shows that Catholic schools in England and Wales take in 50 percent more pupils from the most deprived backgrounds than state schools. The Catholic Education Service (CES) says just under a fifth of all pupils in Catholic statutory education meets the highest national deprivation criteria, compared to a 12.8 percent England average. Read more

Ten UK bishops want to look at ordaining married men

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Up to ten bishops in England and Wales would support the Church discerning if ordaining married men is a way forward, a retired bishop says. This is because those bishops are in charge of diocese where there is a significant shortage of priests, said Bishop Crispian Hollis. The former ordinary of Portsmouth diocese said he is increasingly Read more

Revival in entries to women’s religious orders in England

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The number of women entering religious orders in England and Wales has reached a 25-year high. Forty-five women chose to pursue their vocations last year, the highest number since the 1980s. The number for 2014 was up from 30 the previous year. The figures, released by the National Office for Vocation in England and Wales, Read more

England and Wales Catholics can eat meat on Boxing Day

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Catholics in England and Wales are allowed to eat meat on Boxing Day this year, even though it falls on a Friday, their bishops say. In England and Wales, Catholics are usually required to abstain from meat on Fridays. A spokesman for the bishops noted that Boxing Day, or St Stephen’s Day, falls within the Read more

Bishops’ decision not to publish Vatican survey findings criticised

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A British bishop has criticised a decision by his confreres not to publish the findings of a Vatican survey about the family. Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia said the UK bishops should publish the findings of the survey. It asked questions on cohabitation, contraception and same-sex marriage. This is in the interests of transparency, he Read more

UK bishops endorse living wage for employees

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Recognising that “fair wages are essential to the common good of our society”, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have endorsed the principle of a living wage for Catholics agencies under their control. “Given the extent of employment by Catholic organisations and charities, it is likely that thousands of people could be affected and Read more