Lord Tebbit, 87, throws a wobbly over ‘sodomite’ dean

Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit, a vocal supporter of the Thatcher Government’s vile Section 28 which banned the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools, said he won’t attend Sunday services at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury Saint Edmunds anymore because its new dean, Rev Canon Joe Hawes, is gay. According to this report, the bigoted […]

Row breaks out among Irish priests over abortion vote

Dublin-based Father Terence Crotty, above, has hit out at a group of Catholic priests who want church leaders to refrain from telling people how to vote in an upcoming referendum on abortion in Ireland. On May 25, Ireland will vote on whether to repeal its Eighth Amendment, and the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has […]

Outrage as teenage rape victim gets Islamic death sentence

Human rights groups around the world have expressed outrage over the fact that that a Muslim teen in Sudan, Noura Hussein, was sentenced to death this week for murdering husband after he had raped her. According to this report Hussein had no desire to get married. She was about 16, an aspiring teacher who hadn’t even […]

Faith schools: Catholics and secularists criticise new plans

The Government has abandoned plans to lift the 50 per cap on faith admissions in new free schools in a move that has infuriated Catholics. Equally angry are secularists, who, while welcoming the retention of the cap, are appalled that the government plans instead to give faith groups extra support and 90 percent of the […]

Man who ended his life at 104 did not believe in an afterlife

I was delighted to learn that Australian biologist David Goodall was accompanied to Switzerland for his assisted suicide this week by Philip Nitschke, Director of Exit International, who revealed to media that Goodall had no belief in an afterlife. I am delighted because I met Nitschke in 2009 in the UK where he was, in the […]

Thai ghostbusters round up 600 lost souls with hell money

Hell money is a form of joss paper printed to resemble legal tender bank notes and are burned in China and across East Asia in various supernatural ceremonies, including the rounding up of ghosts. The latest report of hell money-burning comes from Thailand, where bonfires of the fake banknotes took place this week to attract […]

Abuse case: ‘crap’ sentences imposed on two Catholic friars

Pennsylvanian Franciscan friars Robert D’Aversa, 70, left, and Anthony Criscitelli, 63, have each been fined $1,000 and given five year periods of probation for enabling a paedophile priest. According to this report, Shaun Dougherty, a local victims’ advocate, described the sentences as “crap”. On one side of it, I’m happy to see that we’re putting […]

Glitzy Catholic fashion event in US attacked from all sides

On Monday night New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 70th Met Gala made Catholic fashion the theme of a new exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow, May 10. Pop idol Rihanna, above turned up at the gala launch looking like a pope, and other big names in fashion and music decked themselves out in […]

Fashion magazine GQ disses Bible, annoys Catholic writer

Last month GQ took a swipe at some of the world’s best known books, saying that ‘some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring’. On the list of “21 books you don’t have to read” were such classics as The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger and […]

No rabbi, you do not promote learning by pandering to idiots

Rabbi Dr Natan Slifkin, above, founder and director of The Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh, tells the story of a ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who entered his museum. I recall seeing one visitor, an adult, standing in front of our lion exhibit, marveling at it. “It’s amazing!” he said to me. “Yes, it […]