The Church of England has declared that it is banning its clergy from joining the British National Party and the National Front, claiming that the groups teach ideologies against Anglican principles and hold racist views.
The CofE's House of Bishops announced in a statement on Monday that they had decided at a meeting in May to "declare that the constitution, policies, objectives, activities or public statements of the National Front are incompatible with the teaching of the Church of England in relation to the equality of persons or groups of different races."
A further explanation by the bishops reminds clergy that by canon law, they are required "at all times [to] be diligent to frame and fashion their lives according to the doctrine of Christ, and to make [themselves] wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ." more >>
An old septic tank located next to a former home for unwed mothers run by Catholic nuns in Ireland from 1925 to 1961, was revealed this week to be a massive grave containing the skeletons of nearly 800 infants and children.
The Home, as the former refuge for "fallen women" is known, was run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam, according to The Washington Post. The mothers, according to that report, would pay penance for their shame with indentured labor then leave but many of their children never left with them.
A new report claims that Kate Middleton is pregnant with her second child but staying out of the limelight for health reasons. The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed looking gaunt, which fueled speculation that perhaps she was as sick with her pregnancy as she was with Prince George.
"She is so tired at the end of the day, she collapses on her bed," a "royal source" told Life & Style magazine. "She is way beyond exhausted. It's a particularly worrying time for William. He is very concerned."
Even though Kate appeared healthy throughout her trip to Australia and New Zealand, and dispelled pregnancy rumors by drinking wine, speculation has still been rampant that she is, indeed, pregnant. William has even joked that they would be welcoming another baby "soon," though he was vague on a timeline. more >>
A fisherman from the Kemerovo region of Siberia recently uncovered a 4,000-year-old statuette, suspected to be a pagan god from the Bronze Age.
Nikolay Tarasov, a 53-year-old fisherman, was pulling his net in on the shores of a river in his home of Tisul, in the Kemerovo region, this week when he discovered a small statuette with a face peering up from the net among the carp and other fish he had caught.
"Me and a friend were walking on the river bank with nets, when suddenly it got stuck with something," he told The Siberian Times. "I found the object, freed the net and was about to throw it back in the water – but at the last second I looked at it more closely," Tarasov, who also works as a truck driver, added. more >>
Pope Francis said he will meet with victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic Church clergy for the first time in his papacy. A support group for victims, however, dismissed what it calls a "public relations" gesture, saying it doesn't address the real problems.
The Vatican leader said at an inflight news conference as he was returning to Rome from the Holy Land that priests abusing children is "such an ugly crime" and a "very grave problem," Catholic News Service reported.
"We must move ahead, ahead, zero tolerance," he stated, revealing that he would meet six to eight sex abuse victims from various countries, including Germany, the U.K. and Ireland. more >>
Speaking at a literature festival in Wales, British atheist professor Richard Dawkins admitted that while he surely doesn't believe in the supernatural elements of Christianity, he wouldn't mind being called "a secular Christian."
"I would describe myself as a secular Christian in the same sense as secular Jews have a feeling for nostalgia and ceremonies," Dawkins said at Britain's Hay Festival, according to The Telegraph.
Dawkins was responding to an American Christian minister, who was part of the audience and told the 73-year-old evolutionary biologist that he doesn't believe in miracles any longer but still sees himself as a Christian. The minister was not identified. more >>