‘You know the rules’ judge tells sacked gay C of E clergyman

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, left, who had his licence as a priest officially revoked for marrying his partner Laurence Cunnington, right, in 2014, has lost his discrimination case at the Court of Appeal. According to this report, Lord Justice Underhill told Pemberton, “if you belong to an institution with known and lawful rules”, it is justifiable that: […]

Catholic bishop and several cohorts arrested for theft

Bishop José Ronaldo Ribeiro, above, has been arrested in Brazil. He and several Catholic other priests are accused of fleecing the faithful to the tune of around $600,000 (£425,000). According to this report, the arrests took place as part of an operation called “Caiphas,” which began at the crack of dawn on Monday. Close to […]

Belgian authorities seize Saudi Arabian controlled mosque

The Grand Mosque of Brussels, leased rent-free by Belgium to Saudi Arabia since 1969, has been back by the government in a move aimed at combating radicalism. According to this report, the 99-year lease was been terminated last week “with immediate effect”. The announcement last Friday is Belgium’s first official confirmation of the move which […]

The Catholic Church needs fresh blood if it is to survive

The woman pictured above is American Catholic Katie Prejean McGrady and right now she is in Rome, together with around 300 young people from all over the world who are discussing the future of the Catholic Church with the Pope. Reporting for the Religion News Service, Thomas Reese wrote: The pope shows he understands that […]

‘Nazi pug’ case: Scottish court finds man guilty of hate crime

Mark Meechan, 30, pictured above with a pug called Buddha, will be sentenced next month after he was found guilty this week of posting a video on YouTube that was ‘anti-semitic and racist in nature’. According to this report, Meechan filmed the dog – his girlfriend’s pet – giving Nazi salutes. It responded to statements such […]

Stephen Hawking kept alive for years by ‘demonic forces’

Master debater ‘on the topics of atheism and evolution‘, Mike Shoesmith, Executive Editor of PNN (Pathetic Nutter News Network), claimed last week  that famed physicist Stephen Hawking was able to live for decades with ALS because he was being kept alive by demons. According to Right Wing Watch, he insisted that it was no coincidence […]

Polish theologian rebuked for wishing for Pope’s death

Polish theologian Msgr Edward Staniek, above, is receiving backlash for his homily last month in which he prayed for Pope Francis’s ‘happy death’ if he did not open his heart to ‘wisdom’. This annoyed many, according to this report, including Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Kraków who rebuked Staniek on Saturday, saying: It is with great pain and […]

Burning wood will combat pollution. It’s a religious thing

In a Hindu religious ceremony scheduled to last nine days around 350 priests yesterday began burning 50,000 kg (55 tons) of mango wood in special firepits – to combat pollution. According to this report, the ceremony, known as a “mahayagya”, began at in the Meerut district. It was organized by the members of Shri Ayutchandi […]

Love letter created to counter ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ missive

Muslim Engagement and Development, a national charity promoting political and social engagement and countering Islamophobia in the UK is circulating a “Love a Muslim Day” letter in a bid to counter one that incites violence towards Muslims. While the original “Punish a Muslim Day Letter” offered “rewards” for acts of abuse and violence – burning […]

Faith-based probation order led to teenager’s abuse by priest

After a 17-year-old Michigan teen had been ordered by a court to complete community service under the supervision of a Catholic priest – Fr Robert DeLand, above – he fell victim to sexual abuse by the priest. DeLand, according to this report, was subsequently arrested late last month for sexually assaulting the teen as well […]