School Children Punished for Not Going to Mass

Story taken from the BBC News Site

School children who decided not to attend their Catholic school’s Founders Mass one afternoon are to be subjected to discipline by the school. The school has said that it is ostensibly for “truancy” but as the whole school was expected to attend this service which lasted the whole afternoon, somehow this excuse of truancy sounds hollow. Curiously there is no mention of any alternative activities for those pupils who wised to opt out!

Religious privilege strikes again!

Atheism UK at the Cambridge Union

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Chris Street, one of Atheism UK’s Council Members took part in a debate at The Cambridge Union Society on 25th April 2014.

Chris was the first speaker opposing the motion that ‘This House Believes That The Catholic Church Is A Force For Good’

View the debate on youtube in which Chris speaks from 16 minutes. Read the Press Release.

The motion failed to carry:- Ayes 82, Noes 85, Abstentions 65. Cambridge Union Society does NOT believe that the Catholic Church is a force for good!

 

The Catholic Church IS Liable

The court of appeal has ruled that the Catholic Church is liable for the wrongdoings of its priests.

A case brought by a victim of child rape (now in her forties) has been upheld by the court. Her lawyer stated:

“It is hoped that this ruling will now be accepted, and that victims of abuse by Catholic priests can be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Of course in the best traditions of UK law this is not necessarily the final word. Leave to appeal has been denied until after a similar case goes to the Supreme Court later this month.