Pope Frankie doesn't get to Welcome The Gays after all 
Sunday, 19 October, 2014, 11:49 AM - Not TFTD
The Catholic Church's extraordinary synod on the family has rejected Pope Frankie's attempt to be more welcoming to The Gays. The conference of geriatric, be-frocked, allegedly celibate men, have been discussing how people should conduct their sex lives and have concluded that they were right all along and nothing should change.

This will come as a huge shock to many people who had expected that Frankie's new, open, progressive and democratic Church, would turn out to be more open minded and compassionate than Pope Benny's.

Some of the comments at Pink News are worth reading.
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Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Team Rector of East Ham  
Saturday, 18 October, 2014, 07:48 AM - Sport, Marshall
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Bishop Richard Harries 
Friday, 17 October, 2014, 08:47 AM
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Rev Dr Giles Fraser 
Thursday, 16 October, 2014, 07:52 AM - Fraser
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Vicky Beeching, a theologian  
Wednesday, 15 October, 2014, 07:55 AM - Beeching
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Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies, New College, University of Edinburgh  
Tuesday, 14 October, 2014, 07:50 AM - Health, Siddiqui
Good health is a blessing from the Invisible Magic Friend. And he'll bless you even more if the NHS is available.

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Clifford Longley, a distinguished Catholic gentleman who talks a lot about religion  
Monday, 13 October, 2014, 08:26 AM - Economics, Longley
Have I ever mentioned Catholic social teaching? I don't think I have. Catholic social teaching teaches us that life should be fair and just and that there shouldn't be any poor people. If only the world were more Catholic then there wouldn't have been a banking crisis and it would definitely be more fair and just and there wouldn't be any poor people. We should put the Vatican Bank in charge of international finance.

Isn't Pope Francis just fantastic! Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the IMF thinks so and she's a very important person indeed so you should hold the same opinion as she does. Pope Francis thinks the world should be more fair and just and that there shouldn't be any poor people, and Christine Lagarde agrees with him. So does the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Oh, did I mention that Christine Lagarde is a Catholic?

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Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Team Rector of East Ham  
Saturday, 11 October, 2014, 07:52 AM - Education, Marshall
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Glitteringly Reverend Lord Professor Bishop Baron Reverend Lord Richard Harries, Baron Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity, Baron, Bishop, Professor, Lord...  
Friday, 10 October, 2014, 08:31 AM - Health, Harries
Theologians used to think that previous plagues were the work of the Invisible Magic Friend and there was nothing we could do about them. This is in stark contrast to today, where, thanks to the benefits of modern theology, we now know that the Invisible Magic Friend works through humans to achieve the outcomes that humans want. That's why it always looks like it's humans that are doing it.

This is perfectly evident from the Big Book of Magic Stuff, where the Invisible Magic Friend put us in charge of the universe. How previous generations of theologians could have missed this is a bit of a puzzle. They must have been really ignorant and dim compared to us modern theologians.

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End Compulsory Worship in Schools 
Thursday, 9 October, 2014, 03:45 PM - Education, Not TFTD
Title says it all, the NSS have a petition that is available to sign.

https://www.change.org/p/end-compulsory-worship-in-schools

From the petition web site:

The law requires all publicly funded schools, even non-faith schools, to hold a daily act of "broadly Christian" worship.

The law as it stands is an anachronism; the legacy of a society unrecognisable from the diverse and pluralistic Britain of today where citizens hold a wide variety of religious beliefs, including no religious belief.

Most people would agree that it’s healthy for children to learn about a variety of religious, non-religious and secular philosophies and worldviews. That's all part of education. But worship is different.

Even with limited withdrawal rights, requiring a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to “take part”, undermines young people’s freedom of religion or belief and goes beyond the legitimate function of the state.

Assemblies can help schools to foster a sense of a collective identity amongst pupils. School assemblies with an ethical framework are also an ideal opportunity to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. Legally imposed acts of worship are not necessary to achieve these educational goals.

Removing the legal requirement would in no way restrict the ability of schools to hold assemblies that address a whole range of topics, including faith and belief. Neither would it prevent schools with a religious ethos from holding acts of worship, but it would put that choice into the hands of head teachers.

If you want a state education system with no compulsion to worship, please join us in calling for end to compulsory collective worship in schools.
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