Britain's top Catholic clergyman Cardinal Keith O'Brien accused of 'inappropriate behaviour' by four priests Cardinal O'Brien, 74, faces claims of inappropriate attention by four priests One priest alleges 'unwanted behaviour' after late-night drinking Another priest said he was 18 when 'inappropriately approachedO'Brien now faces demands for his immediate resignation O'Brien wrote of his concerns over same-sex marriage in Scotland in The Daily Telegraph. He said the proposal represents a 'grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right'. 'Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child,' he added.
Former head boy, 17, at Catholic school 'killed himself' after being summoned to court for possessing cannabis worth just 50p Edward Thornber, found hanged in a park in September last yearHe had been caught smoking cannabis with a friend earlier that summer It was the second time he had been caught with the drugCriminal record meant he could not go to America to coach Lacrosse Family solicitor said he should only have been handed a warning Devon and Cornwall Police accused of making a series of mistakes By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 16:48 GMT, 23 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:22 GMT, 23 February 2013 Tragic: Former catholic school head boy Edward Thornber was found hanged on September 15, 2011, after being caught smoking cannabis in Cornwall The former head boy of a Catholic High School killed himself after he was summoned to court for possessing cannabis worth 50p, an inquest heard. Teenage lacrosse star killed boy Edward Thornber was found hanged on September 15, 2011, after being caught smoking the drug in Cornwall
Let priests wed, says UK's senior Catholic in call to overturn centuries of tradition By Jim Mcbeth PUBLISHED: 01:38 GMT, 23 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:08 GMT, 23 February 2013 Ideas: Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's top Roman Catholic and one of the men who will choose the next Pope, says the Church should overturn centuries of tradition and allow priests to marry Britain’s top Roman Catholic, one of the men who will choose the next Pope, says the Church should overturn centuries of tradition and allow priests to marry.
Teachers at Catholic schools who are gay or remarry face the sack under new rules governing 'life choices'Guidance issued to Catholic schools sets out 'substantive life choices which are incompatible' with the religion's teachingsHead teachers, principals, deputy heads and heads of RE risk being 'removed from office' if rules are breachedNational Secular Society asks Education Secretary to intervene but department insists it is a matter for schools By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 14:45 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 1 February 2013 Teachers and governors at Catholic schools could be sacked if they are gay, remarry or live with a partner without tying the knot. New advice from the church warns there are ‘substantive life choices’ which are incompatible with the Church's teachings.
Leader of the Catholic Church attacks Government's 'Orwellian' plans for gay marriage as undemocratic and a 'shambles'Archbishop of Westminster says Government has no mandate for lawHe says the moves by the Government would make George Orwell 'proud'He also claimed most people were against the plans | UPDATED: 23:42 GMT, 25 December 2012 The most senior Roman Catholic in England and Wales has lambasted the Prime Minister for his ‘un-democratic’ and ‘Orwellian’ plans to legalise gay marriage. Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols said the proposals were a ‘shambles’, and accused David Cameron of pushing through the changes without a mandate. In his Christmas Eve sermon at Westminster Cathedral, he said that only marriage between a man and a woman shares in ‘the creative love of God’
Senior Roman Catholic Bishop links push for gay marriage to Nazi attack on religion in controversial Christmas sermonRight Reverend Mark Davies will use his midnight Mass to say marriage can only be between a man and a womanThe Bishop of Shrewsbury will say that both Hitler and Stalin challenged Christianity with the notion that what they were doing was ‘progress’ | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 24 December 2012 A senior Roman Catholic will today use his Christmas sermon to liken plans for the legalisation of gay marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion. The Bishop of Shrewsbury will launch a vociferous attack on the Coalition’s decision to fast track a vote on same-sex marriage in the New Year.
Parents who volunteer for flower arranging should not get an advantage for oversubscribed church school places, watchdog warns | UPDATED: 19:09 GMT, 21 December 2012 Middle-class parents who volunteer at schools and churches to help get their children into a good school should not be given favourable treatment, the schools adjudicator has said. The warning comes after a top Roman Catholic school attended by Tony Blair’s eldest children was found to have breached admissions rules by favouring parents who helped out at church. The London Oratory School in Fulham, south west London, was giving priority to applications from families involved in flower arranging, Bible readings and singing in the church choir.
Santa strikes early: Schoolgirl, 4, visiting grotto sees her wish come true as returning soldier father miraculously appears All Summer North wanted for Christmas was to see her soldier father Corporal Darren North, 27, surprised her as she visited Santa's grotto | UPDATED: 19:23 GMT, 17 December 2012 A schoolgirl who wished for her soldier father to come home for Christmas saw her dream come true when he surprised her at Santa's grotto. Summer North, four, told Father Christmas she missed her father Darren, who has been serving with the 2 Yorkshire Regiment in Cyprus since October. Santa then asked her 'Who is this' and Corporal North, 27, walked into the grotto to the astonishment of his elder daughter, who flew into his arms.
'Mommy, I'm okay, but all my friends are dead': Harrowing story of how one six-year-old girl became the sole survivor of her class by playing deadGirl pretended to be dead among the corpses of her classmatesFirst student out of the schoolShe ran to her mother covered in blood | UPDATED: 10:19 GMT, 17 December 2012 One incredibly brave little girl is the only survivor of her first grade class because she played dead while her friends were killed around her by gunman Adam Lanza. The unnamed girl's story was revealed after her mother attended grief counseling with a local pastor Jim Solomon.
Hundreds evacuated at Newtown Catholic church – the town's center of memorials and mourning – after BOMB THREAT hours before Obama visit Noon mass was being held at the St Rose of Lima when hundreds of people inside were evacuated due to a called-in threatHeavily-armed Connecticut state troopers were seen entering church and doing room-by-room search of religious education facility nearby 'All clear' was issued at about 1:15pmPresident Obama was due to attend memorial service at Newtown High School on Sunday night | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 16 December 2012 The St Rose of Lima church in Connecticut was evacuated today during a noon mass after the church received a bomb threat – in another traumatic day for a community rocked by tragedy. Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday, tensions were raised again at the sight of nearly a dozen camouflage-clad SWAT team members carrying assault weapons who rushed into the church and a nearby educational center. The Catholic church that has become a center of grieving since the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School