Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Losing my religion Comments 0

Monday, May 7th, 2018

One day, while our Māori Anglican dad was at work, our Pākehā Catholic mum rushed her brood off to the local priest and had us baptised. Dad clammed up for a bit, but came around. He reckoned it was good we were “something.” Next minute, we were off to weekly Catechism classes in preparation for Read more

Is religion intrinsically violent? Comments 0

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

It has become one of the most commonplace and influential ideas about religion: that it is the cause of much, if not most, of the conflict and violence in the world. While this is not a new idea — religious passions have long been deemed suspect for their potential to causes divisions — the notion Read more

Japan’s bishops say separate private and state religious ceremonies Comments 0

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Japan’s bishops have written to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They want strict observance of the constitutional separation of state-sponsored ceremonies. They say these ceremonies should be clearly separated from the imperial family’s private religious ones when the change of emperors takes place in 2019. The bishops note this principle was “learned from reflection on history Read more

Religion slipping off Irish schools agenda Comments 0

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Religion is slipping off the agenda in Irish schools. In a meeting with the Education and Training Ireland, concerned Church representatives said some community colleges were not spending enough time teaching religion. This was despite agreements and deeds of trust which stipulate that these schools should spend up to two hours teaching pupils religion each Read more

(Re)Thinking Europe: Catholics, politicians think harder Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Hundreds of Catholics and politicians gathered to discuss the problems and the future of Europe at the end of last month. They called the event “(Re)Thinking Europe.”  Pope Francis was one of the many speakers. A theme emerged from what they had to say: Religion is still essential to Europe. Read more Related Posts:Religious freedom Read more

China’s president trying to control religion Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017

China’s President Xi Jinping says he wants to make the country’s many religions more Chinese-oriented by instilling socialist core values. Speaking at the country’s five-yearly Communist Party conference, Xi said religion poses threats to national security. He told the conference that separatism promoted under the guise of religion would not be tolerated. Although China officially Read more

Religious freedom not secularism is Europe’s future Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Religious freedom is now possible in European politics, says the Vatican Secretary for Relations with the States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. He says religion is no longer a forbidden subject in European politics. Gallagher’s comments came as top ecclesial and political leaders gather in Rome to discuss Europe’s future and identity. “The days when you could Read more

Destiny Church leaders ‘trust in Jesus’ after deregistration threats Comments 0

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Destiny Church leaders say they will ‘react like Christ’ after the Department of Internal Affairs threatened to remove its charities from the Charities Register. Continue reading Related Posts:Charities Services considers new approach with…Charities regulator risks becoming censorMany Charities overwhelmed by new reporting standardsStrange twist occurs in anti Tamaki protest

Survey says Catholics could outnumber others in Scotland Comments 0

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Annual Scottish Household Survey data suggest in seven years Catholics could become the largest faith group in Scotland. Over 10,000 people take part in the annual Scottish Government study, which is designed to give a general view of the country’s demographics. While 51 per cent of Scots don’t belong to any religion, just under 14 Read more

Religion survey: over half British people poll no religion Comments 0

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

A recent poll shows British people are more likely to say they have no religion than ever before. A random sample of adults were involved in the latest survey. They were asked if they regarded themselves as belonging to a particular religion. The results show that for people who were born into a religious household, Read more