Sunday, 19 October, 2014, 11:49 AM - Not TFTDThe 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.
Friday, 17 October, 2014, 08:47 AMListen/Read
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?
Glitteringly Reverend Lord Professor Bishop Baron Reverend Lord Richard Harries, Baron Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity, Baron, Bishop, Professor, Lord...
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.
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.