Posts Tagged ‘Secularism’

Vatican to host atheism and secularism international conference Comments 0

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The Vatican’s second-ever international conference examining the rise of atheism and secularism will be held in late May. The first conference was held in 1969 during St Pope Paul VI’s leadership. This year the Vatican is joining forces with a University of Kent research initiative to host the “Cultures of Unbelief” conference. Scholars from a Read more

Pope Francis on ecumenism, secularism, terrorism and gossip Comments 0

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

(RNS) Pope Francis leaves on Monday (Oct. 31) for an overnight trip to Sweden, a historically Protestant country that today is one of the most secular in the world. The visit is to mark the start of observances of next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which traditionally dates from Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Read more

Irish hierarchy saw opposition to clericalism as secularism Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

A former president of Ireland has said that an entrenched clericalism in that country used to view any opposition to itself as militant secularism. Speaking in an interview on the Crux website, Mary McAleese said Ireland had, at least in part, been dissuaded from anti-immigrant movements because of its rich Christian culture. She was asked Read more

Irish bishop says media, politicians want Church gone Comments 0

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

A Catholic bishop in Ireland has accused politicians and media of seeking the destruction of the Church. Bishop William Crean of Cloyne said the goal of such people seems to be the elimination of the Church from public debate. “Ireland through its political and media establishment seems determined to eliminate the engagement of the Catholic Read more

Is the secular state a good fit for Pacific Island nations? Comments 0

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The general-secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea Victor Roche, says in the 1970s, the Catholic Education Services joined the Government to form an association of equals in a unified system of education in PNG. He said this partnership had lasted but now there was little respect shown to the church by Read more

NZ’s first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster marriage celebrant Comments 0

Friday, March 11th, 2016

A member of New Zealand’s Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been approved as a marriage celebrant The first ‘Ministeroni’ Karen Martyn, from Wellington is certified as a marriage celebrant for the niche religion, whose followers believe the world was created by a god made of spaghetti and meatballs. Karen Martyn defended against her Read more

The Flying Spaghetti church approved to solemnise marriage Comments 0

Friday, December 18th, 2015

A groundbreaking New Zealand decision has led to a few disturbances in the fabric of religious time and space. The registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages Jeff Montgomery has approved the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as an organisation to solemnise marriages. Massey University professor of history Peter Lineham has questioned the decision by the registrar-general and Read more

New Zealand’s perception of itself way off the mark Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Asked how many people in 100 they believed did not affiliate with any religion, New Zealanders responded 49 people. In fact, 37 out of 100 people do not affiliate with any religion. Religious affiliation was one of the 11 features surveyed. This response is just one of the questions posed in an Ipsos MORI Perils of Read more

Dawn karakia, not Christmas, the problem Comments 0

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Trust is not doing away with Christmas, says its chief executive Dr Mary Dawson. “To those who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a very happy Christmas. To those who do not, “season’s greetings”. The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, Ross Bay, says “All very laudable in a way, though an Read more

St Benedict’s church window featured on Christmas stamp Comments 0

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The $3 Christmas stamp issued by New Zealand Post features one of three windows portraying the Nativity story in St Benedict’s Church in Auckland. The window portrays the three wise men from the east, the Magi, being lead to the Christ child in the stable in Bethlehem. Other stamps feature stained glass windows from St Read more