Posts Tagged ‘England’

Catholic royals must bring up children in the faith Comments 0

Friday, May 17th, 2013

A spokesman for the Catholic bishops of England and Wales has denied telling politicians that a Catholic marrying into the royal family would be released from the usual obligation to ensure that children were raised as Catholics. “I wish to state clearly that neither I, nor the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, have ever, Read more

Vocations rise for third year in England and Wales Comments 0

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Vocations to religious orders in England and Wales have risen for the third year in a row, and this year has seen a noticeable increase in the number of men joining. The rise in men and women entering religious orders is across a wide variety of different orders, some of which have not had novices Read more

Lay people to preside at funerals in England Comments 0

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Liverpool is the first diocese in England and Wales to commission lay people to preside at Catholic funerals. The commissioning of 22 lay people is an effort to relieve pressure on priests. “In some of our parishes in the diocese priests are being asked to celebrate over 120 funerals each year,” Archbishop Kelly wrote in Read more

One priest’s ministry at the London Olympic Games Comments 0

Friday, August 17th, 2012

While Team Great Britain’s (and New Zealand’s) crews rowed to four gold medals at the London Olympics, a Catholic priest, who is a chaplain offering pastoral support to visitors to the Games, meditated on the parallels between the Olympic sport and the life of a Christian. “Rowing is the perfect metaphor for life,” says Father Read more

British students want RE to remain compulsory Comments 0

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Some 63% of young people in Britain think that Religious Education should remain compulsory in state schools, reports the Tablet. The survey conducted in Britain also shows more than half of the adults questioned believe Religious Education lessons in schools are worthwhile with many favour making Religious Education (RE) compulsory. The poll comes as increasing numbers Read more

Same sex marriage threatens divorce of British church and state Comments 0

Friday, June 15th, 2012

The biggest rift between Church and state for centuries is how the Church of England has described British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s plan to allow couples to have a same sex marriage. Responding formally to the Conservative Government’s proposals, the Church of England said the move would change the “intrinsic nature of marriage as union Read more

Catholic grammar schools top performance list Comments 0

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Eight out of the top 10 ranking grammar schools in Northern Ireland are Catholic, according to a list compiled by the Irish News. Schools were ranked on the highest percentage of pupils achieving three or more A-levels at grades A to C. Continue reading   Related Posts:Catholic schools are beacons of diversityIrish Catholic schools urged Read more

Number of women joining religious orders triples in three years Comments 0

Friday, June 15th, 2012

The number of women joining religious orders in England and Wales has almost tripled in the last three years, according to bishops’ conference figures. In 2011 there were 17 new women recruits to orders across the country, up from six in 2009. Asked if this marked the beginning of a revival for women religious in Read more

No sex please; we’re British Comments 0

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The British Government is planning to remove sex from the law of marriage, so that same-sex couples can be wed. In current British law marriage is not official until a man and woman have “ordinary and complete” sexual intercourse, which means same-sex couples cannot meet the requirement. Tory MP Edward Leigh says the move will Read more

New law will compel churches to offer same-sex marriages Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

David Cameron will not be able to exempt the Churches from a duty to offer marriages to gay couples, a senior Catholic barrister has warned. Neil Addison, the director of the Thomas More Legal Centre, said that the Prime Minister’s assurances to the Church that they would not be compelled to perform religious marriage for Read more