Catholic School Told It’s Admission Policy Unfair

A complaint about the admissions policy of a Catholic school in South Croydon has been partially upheld.

They key point of the complaint is that as an oversubscribed school it had a points system for admissions that put an emphasis on early baptism and activity within the church as oppososed to geographical location (i.e. how close they live) of potential applicants.

This ruling will have a knock on effect on the selection policies of other so-called “faith” schools.

Best bet get rid of the “faith” element of all state schools and let’s make all schools truly community schools serving the local populations.

Full story on the BBC Website

Catholic Care Cannot Disciminate Against Gay Couples

Adoption charity Catholic Care has lost its latest appeal to continue to be bigots…sorry, it has lost its latest appeal to discriminate and treat gay couples as second class citizens and unfit people on the basis that an impossible, unproven, invisible, intolerant sky fairy said so….

No, let me start again!

Adoption charity Catholic Care has lost its latest appeal to be exempt from quality laws that allow gay couples to use adoption services. Full story from the BBC

Another victory against old fashioned and out of date, bigoted views based on a faith position, which no longer serves a civilised society.

No religion? You’re not alone! – British Social Attitudes Survey

Religion: respecting the minority

This post is from the Guardian (thanks to Asad for flagging this up)

Every year, researchers from the British Social Attitudes survey ask a representative sample of British people whether they regard themselves as belonging to any particular religion and, if so, to which one? When the survey first asked these questions in 1985, 63% of the respondents answered that they were Christians, compared with 34% who said they had no religion (the rest belonged to non-Christian religions).

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Offices of the Catholic Church in Belgium raided

Story taken from the BBC News Site. For full story click here.

Belgian authorities have raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church during an investigation into child sex abuse claims.

A spokesman for the Brussels prosecutors’ office confirmed that the palace of the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels had been sealed off.

Police also raided the home of retired Archbishop Godfried Danneels.

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All I can say is it is about time, hopefully there will be prosecutions, not only of the priests who actually committed sexual offences against children, but charges of aiding and abetting these offences by senior officials within the church.

I also have to say, in agreement with PZ Myers, I’m looking forward to the UN marching into the offices of the Vatican and “a whole line of shame-faced old men in dresses led out to the paddy wagons like a transvestite Mafia mob.”

Pope Condoms

It is gratifying to see that officials at the Foreign Office have a sense of humour, even if those at the top felt the need to apologise to the Vatican. In a memo from a planning meeting for the impending Papal visit to the UK junior officials suggested that the Pope could, among other things, bless a gay marriage, sack dodgy bishops and sing a song with the Queen for charity.

The BBC religious affairs correspondent, Robert Pigott, is concerned that the Pope might be regarded as a ‘figure of fun’. Well, when you have a bloke in a frock, who has never had sex with a woman and who lives with a load of other blokes in frocks, who all crave the love of another bloke, telling the rest of the world that homosexuality is against ‘natural law’, methinks that any concern is a tad behind the times.

Strangely, Pigott also says that the government needs the Vatican’s help in a global diplomatic effort to curb climate change and fight poverty. When the Pope’s main concern is about salvation in the next, presumably global warming-free, world it is difficult to see why the state of this world would be of much concern to him. As for poverty probably the best thing the Pope could do is to advise his congregation to stop depending upon a fantasy to solve their problems and promote self-reliance.

The best idea from brainstorming session was to suggest the Pope launch a brand of condoms called “Benedict”; or perhaps that should be “Benedick”!