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Irish church and state apologise for callous mother and baby homes

Taoiseach accepts state responsibility for historic cruelty as Catholic primate acknowledges ‘painful truths’The Irish state and Ireland’s Catholic church have made landmark apologies for running and enabling a network of religious institutions that abused and shamed unmarried mothers and their children for much of the 20th century.The taoiseach, Micheál Martin, led government figures on Wednesday in accepting responsibility and expressing remorse for mother-and-baby homes that turned generation...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Children, Religion, Society, World news, Ireland, Social exclusion, Catholicism, Christianity, Catholic, Child rights, Micheal Martin

Ireland publishes report on 'appalling' abuse at mother and baby homes

‘We embraced judgmental, moral certainty and perverse religious morality,’ says taoiseach Ireland has ripped back the veil on a dark historical chapter that condemned tens of thousands of unmarried mothers and their babies to callousness and cruelty in institutions run by both the state and the Catholic church.A judicial commission of investigation published a long-awaited 2,865-page report into a network of “mother and baby homes” that inflicted abuse and shame – with the complicity of wider so...
Tags: Europe, Children, Religion, Society, UK News, Ireland, Catholicism

"In Scottish custom, Unspoken Water was water believed to have healing properties when collected 'from under a bridge, over which the living pass and the dead are carried...'"

"'... brought in the dawn or twilight to the house of a sick person, without the bearer’s speaking, either in going or returning.'... The custom is long obsolete. The 1901 The Book of Saint Fittick by Thomas White Ogilvie contains an elderly woman's account of being 'the last wife in Torry to cure a bairn wi' unspoken water ... comin' or gaun I spak' tae naebody — for that's what mak's unspoken water.'" From "Unspoken Water," Wikipedia, clicked on from "Religion and Water," Wikipedia, which I ...
Tags: Law, Scotland, Wikipedia, Religion, Water, Superstition, Dylan, Meade, Torry, Ann Althouse, Thomas White Ogilvie, Water Wikipedia

"Russian riot police stormed into a monastery Tuesday to detain a rebel monk who has castigated the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church leadership and denied the existence of the coronavirus...."

"Authorities charged [Father Sergiy] with inciting suicidal actions through sermons in which he urged believers to 'die for Russia.'...  When the virus arrived in Russia early this year, the 65-year-old monk denied its existence and denounced government efforts to stem the pandemic as 'Satan’s electronic camp.' He has described the vaccines being developed against COVID-19 as part of a global plot to control the masses via chips.... The monk chastised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a 'trait...
Tags: Law, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Religion, Satan, Kremlin, Royalty, Russian Orthodox Church, Nicholas II, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, COVID, Sergiy

Western Isles council rejects official sex ed in favour of Catholic teaching

Vote came after ministers on Lewis said parents and teachers unhappy about government-backed materialsThe Western Isles has been hit by a fresh row over the influence of churches on public policy after councillors voted to endorse a Catholic manual on teaching sex education and relationships in schools.A large majority of councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) backed a motion “commending” Roman Catholic teaching materials, which uphold an orthodox Catholic stance against sexual intercou...
Tags: Education, Scotland, Religion, Society, UK News, Catholicism, LGBT rights, Schools, Local Government, Catholic, Lewis, Western Isles, Roman Catholic, Relationships and sex education, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar CnES

13 books everyone should read and why—as voted by you

We asked BigThink's readers and staff for their recommendations on books everyone should read. A collection of fiction and non-fiction works from around the world spanning millennia, these books will expand your horizons.Many of these books are long out of copyright, and can be read for free. Do you ever want to read more but find yourself unsure of what to read? Lots of people have the same problem. To help, we're adding to the collection of "books everyone should read" lists. For this one, we ...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, New York Post, England, Science, Minnesota, California, Washington Post, India, Religion, Race, America, Society, Earth, Radiohead, United States

ICC asks for more evidence on Uighur genocide claims

Court expected to rule there is still insufficient evidence against China, but file to be kept openThe International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked for more evidence before it will be willing to open an investigation into claims of genocide against Uighur people by China, but has said it will keep the file open for such further evidence to be submitted.With Beijing not a signatory to the ICC, those bringing the claim of genocide have pointed to the alleged forcing of Uighur people from Tajikista...
Tags: Law, China, Religion, World news, Rome, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Islam, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Cambodia, Xinjiang, Tajikistan, Icc, International Criminal Court ICC

Nazi art dispute goes to US supreme court in landmark case

Heirs of Jewish art dealers bring case over Guelph Treasure that defence lawyers say could open floodgatesA 12-year wrangle over a rare collection of medieval ecclesiastical art sold by Jewish art dealers to the Nazis in 1935 will arrive in front of the highest court in the US on Monday, in a landmark case defence lawyers say could open the floodgates for restitution battles from all over the world to be fought via the US.The supreme court will hear oral arguments on whether the dealers’ heirs c...
Tags: Art, Europe, Supreme Court, Law, Germany, Religion, US, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Heritage, US supreme court, Nazism, Law (US

"They can live anywhere, but tend to reside in modest dwellings and avoid moving around unnecessarily. Nevertheless, a hermit..."

"... should also not be confused with a recluse. The difference... is that hermits do not exit society because of misanthropy. 'I would define a hermit or a person who chooses solitude as one who chooses solitude for spiritual reasons... and we do accent the spiritual, but it can be any form of spiritual.'... The Fredettes began creating YouTube videos to help hermits and hermit-curious people deal with isolation.... [T]he Fredettes and other hermits believe that anyone could benefit from incorp...
Tags: Landscape, Law, Religion, West Virginia, Meditation, Petra, Solitude, Ann Althouse, Karen Karper Fredette

Religious intolerance is 'bigger cause of prejudice than race', says report

Attitudes to faith said to drive negative perceptions more than ethnicity or nationalityReligion is the “final frontier” of personal prejudice, with attitudes to faith driving negative perceptions more than ethnicity or nationality, a report to be published tomorrow will say.How We Get Along, a two-year study of diversity by the Woolf Institute, is due to conclude that most people are tolerant of those from different ethnic or national backgrounds, but many have negative attitudes based on relig...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Religion, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Christianity, Islam, Woolf Institute

When Christmas was cancelled: a lesson from history

The prospect of a Christmas without large-scale celebrations is preying on minds. After the widespread cancellation of pantomimes, festive light “switch-ons" and other community activities, it seems likely that 2020's festivities will be much more intimate affairs, potentially with households banned from mixing indoors. But what if families ignore distancing rules, should they remain in place, and celebrate together rather than on Zoom? Politicians seeking to come down hard on rule-breakers migh...
Tags: England, London, Religion, Society, History, War, Public Health, Britain, Ireland, Christianity, Innovation, Charles, Kent, Ipswich, Canterbury, Norwich

At least in art restoration, you can see what's gone wrong when things have been handed over to people who don't know what they're doing.

The potato head of Palencia: defaced Spanish statue latest victim of botched restoration"Conservation professionals have questioned why Spain's heritage is continually handed over to those with no formal training."— Mark Rees (@reviewwales) November 11, 2020 Strangely, it doesn't just look awful. It looks awful in the same way that the most famous botched restoration looks awful: It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs o...
Tags: Art, Law, Religion, Spain, Ann Althouse, Mark Rees

ICC Uighur genocide complaint backed by parliamentarians around world

‘Chance should not be squandered’ to bring Chinese government to justice, letter statesThe chief prosecutor of the international criminal court has been urged by an international alliance of parliamentarians to accept a complaint alleging genocide by China against its Uighur Muslim minority.The complaint, backed by more than 60 parliamentarians from 16 countries, says the Chinese government may be committing crimes amounting to genocide and other crimes against humanity against the Uighur and ot...
Tags: Law, China, Religion, World news, Asia Pacific, Islam, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Xinjiang, Uighurs, Uighur Muslim, ICC Uighur

Are we mocking religion?

You guys...— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 6, 2020 Meanwhile in Philly— Amie Coleman (@amiecoleman) November 6, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Voting, Law, Religion, Dancing, Prayer, Kathy Griffin, Philly, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections, Amie Coleman

The women who risk their lives to deliver Pakistan's polio vaccines

As activists target female vaccinators, Pakistan remains one of only two countries worldwide not to have eradicated polioNasreen Bibi never saw the face of her killer. The 44-year-old had just finished work for the day, vaccinating children against polio in Chaman, Pakistan. As she and her co-worker, Rashida Bibi (no relation), stood waiting for a rickshaw home, a motorcycle skidded up in front of them carrying two masked men.The men did not utter a word, but through the churned up dust that fil...
Tags: Health, Religion, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Islam, Global development, Polio, Nasreen, Rashida, CHAMAN Pakistan, Rashida Bibi

Revealed: ex-members of Amy Coney Barrett faith group tell of trauma and sexual abuse

People of Praise hire lawyers to investigate historical sexual abuse allegations as former members speak of ‘emotional torment’Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the supreme court has prompted former members of her secretive faith group, the People of Praise, to come forward and share stories about emotional trauma and – in at least one case – sexual abuse they claim to have suffered at the hands of members of the Christian group. Related: 'It instilled such problems': ex-member of Amy Coney Ba...
Tags: Law, Religion, World news, US news, US politics, Christianity, US supreme court, Amy Coney Barrett, People of Praise, Law (US

Churches tally up their value to society – at £12.4bn

From food banks to youth clubs, the C of E hosts 35,000 projects. Now a price has been put on its contributionSixteen years ago, St Stephen’s church in Bradford was on the verge of closure. Its congregation had dwindled to half a dozen, and the building – a “big old barn of a place”, in a predominantly Muslim area – was in poor repair. “People thought it had had its day,” said the Rev Jimmy Hinton.Now, St Stephen’s is a vital hub, providing support and activities in an area of acute deprivation....
Tags: Children, Religion, Society, UK News, Social exclusion, Food Banks, Bradford, Muslim, Anglicanism, St Stephen, Jimmy Hinton Now St Stephen

'It instilled such problems': ex-member of Amy Coney Barrett's faith group speaks out

Former insiders and religious scholars say scrutiny of Barrett’s connection to People of Praise is entirely legitimateRebekah Powers was 11 when members of her faith group, the People of Praise, gathered around as she sat on a chair and laid their hands on her to pray. Powers’ sister had shown a gift for speaking in tongues, a defining trait of the followers of the small charismatic Christian community, and Rebekah was expected to do the same. Related: McConnell hits out at Guardian and other ...
Tags: Law, Religion, World news, US news, Catholicism, Christianity, US supreme court, Barrett, McConnell, Rebekah, Amy Coney Barrett, People of Praise

Revealed: Amy Coney Barrett lived in home of secretive Christian group's co-founder

Details of link to Kevin Ranaghan raise fresh questions about supreme court nominee’s involvement with People of PraiseAmy Coney Barrett lived in the home of one of the founders of the People of Praise while she was a law student, raising new questions about the supreme court nominee’s involvement with the secretive Christian faith group that has been criticized for dominating the lives of its members and subjugating women. Related: Amy Coney Barrett: quick confirmation under threat as three s...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Religion, World news, US news, Christianity, US supreme court, Amy Coney Barrett, Law (US, Kevin Ranaghan, PraiseAmy Coney Barrett

C of E bishops should lose responsibility for safeguarding children, says inquiry

Damning report says church protected its reputation above its ’explicit moral purpose’Church of England bishops should be stripped of responsibility to keep children safe from sexual abuse, according to an independent inquiry that said the church had protected its own reputation above its “explicit moral purpose”.A damning report from the independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), published on Tuesday, said the C of E’s culture of deference and “clericalism” meant it was a place where ...
Tags: England, Children, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, John Sentamu, Christianity, Justin Welby, Anglicanism, Child Sexual Abuse IICSA

Ex-BBC presenter and pastor jailed for 10 years for prolific sexual abuse

Benjamin Thomas pleaded guilty to 40 offences over 30 years, mainly against teenage boysA former pastor and BBC television presenter has been jailed for 10 years and four months after he admitted abusing boys and men over almost three decades.Ben Thomas, 44, carried out many of his attacks while his victims were sleeping at Christian camps and conferences, Mold crown court in north Wales heard. Continue reading...
Tags: Crime, Media, Children, Wales, Religion, Society, UK News, Bbc, Christianity, Child protection, Ben Thomas, Benjamin Thomas, Rape and sexual assault

Uighurs could be allowed to seek genocide ruling against China in UK

Exclusive: MPs and peers aim to grant minorities in China the right to petition British courtsUighurs and other Muslim minorities would be given the right to petition a UK high court judge to declare that genocide is taking place in China, requiring the UK government to curtail trade ties with Beijing, under proposals brought by MPs and peers.The cross-party parliamentary revolt is causing deep concern in government, where there are fears that judges and human rights campaigners could be empower...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Law, China, Religion, UK News, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Islam, UK China, Uighurs

Amy Coney Barrett: spotlight falls on secretive Catholic group People of Praise

Trump’s expected pick is a member of a ‘covenant community’ that faces claims of a ‘highly authoritarian’ structureHow the Senate has failed the American peopleDonald Trump’s expected nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court, to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is drawing attention to a secretive Catholic “covenant community” called People of Praise that both counts Barrett as a member and faces claims of adhering to a “highly authoritarian” structure. Related: Donald Trump set to nomi...
Tags: Law, Senate, Religion, World news, US news, US politics, Catholicism, Christianity, Catholic, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Trump, Barrett, Amy Coney Barrett, People of Praise

Reflection for the Solemnity of Brotherly Love 2020

Unless And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” …and we know the rest of the story. The lawyer quotes the Law of God correctly, love God and neighbor. Unfortunately, he could not connect that Law to his reality. As Jesus often does when people don’t get it, He attempts to teach the lawyer by illustration. He tells the story of a man in need of help. He increases the tension, the man is laying there in pain, unab...
Tags: Law, Religion, Jesus, John, Jeremiah, Levite, Christian Witness, Homilies, PNCC, Brotherly Love, Holy Church, Solemnity, Unless

Our African American Siblings Are Speaking, Are We Listening? Here Are 15 Things African American Muslims Want You To Know

In the Fall of 2018, we surveyed Muslims of Hispanic/Latino descent and asked what is the one thing they would want the Muslim community to know about them. We gathered 25 responses and released an article called, “25 Things Latino Muslims Want you to Know.” The purpose of the piece was to educate the general Muslim body about the Latino Muslim community and its dynamics, to debunk common stereotypes about Latinos, and to lend a voice to a marginalized sector in the Islamic community and in the ...
Tags: New York, Featured, Religion, Americas, America, Society, Racism, United States, Islam, Muslim, Immigrants, Civil rights movement, Prophet, Pew Research Center, Caribbean, Black

Covid turns tide on India's Ganesh festival traditions

Thousands of ritual statues are dunked into the sea off Mumbai each year – but coronavirus and pollution concerns are forcing change In the quiet housing estate of Angrewadi in the heart of Girgaon in south Mumbai, people are celebrating the 100th consecutive year of the Ganesh Chaturthi, the Hindu festival of the elephant-headed god of new beginnings. Statues of Lord Ganesh are brought into homes and put on display for offerings and prayers.On the 11th and final day of the festival, the ritual ...
Tags: India, Environment, Religion, Society, South and Central Asia, Pollution, Marine Life, Oceans, Global development, Sustainable Development, Environmental Sustainability, Mumbai, Hinduism, Ganesh, Girgaon, Coronavirus outbreak

"As I was riding through here, through the city, I noticed a lot of damage. It doesn’t reflect my son or my family."

"If Jacob knew what was going on as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unpleased. So, I really asking and encouraging everyone in Wisconsin and abroad to take a moment and examine your hearts. Citizens, police officers, fireman, clergy, politicians, do Jacob justice on this level and examine your hearts. We need healing. As I pray for my son’s healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually, I also have been praying even before this for the healing of our count...
Tags: Law, Love, Religion, America, United States, Wisconsin, Prayer, Jacob, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Julia Jackson, Jacob Blake

Can you tell whether it's elevating and not racist to compare Black Lives Matter artists to cavemen?

I'm trying to read "New York’s Sidewalk Prophets Are Heirs of the Lascaux Cave Artisans/What street art adorning boarded-up storefronts tells us about our shared political realities and the ways our stories are connected. A critic’s tour deciphers the signs and symbols" in the New York Times.Maybe to answer my question you need to know more about the racial identification of the writer, whose name is Seph Rodney. I'm just going to give you a sample of the prose:What became apparent to me is that...
Tags: Art, New York, Writing, Law, Wikipedia, Religion, Earth, United States, New York Times, Hugh Hefner, Playboy, Intellectual Property, Mars, Smith, Black Lives Matter, King

Muslims ahead on nutrition, health indicators: Status of women, dietary discrimination in other communities

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi Firstly, this post is not for those who've no interaction with Muslims but have preconceived notions about the community and without statistics or any report, generalize, branding entire community as backward. This is about the fact that in Muslim households, girls are valued much more, comparatively, and this is evident, statistically, also. Even when female foeticide was rampant in North India, this was not a major problem in Muslim society. I...
Tags: Opinion, India, Religion, Society, Woman, Muslim Women, North India, Indian Society, Female Foeticide, Backwardness, Hindu Muslim Christian Jain Buddhist, NHFS, Joy Deb Pexels

‘I can't give in’: The Togolese nun caring for Aids patients amid Covid-19

NGO chief and Catholic sister Marie-Stella Kouak is no stranger to crisis, but fears a ‘catastrophic’ disruption of HIV/Aids drugsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDapaong is a buzzing, multi-religious city, 13 miles south of Togo’s border with Burkina Faso and more than 300 miles (500km) north of the capital, Lomé.In and around the town, Marie-Stella Kouak is well-known. One of the few female community leaders, she is easily recognised by her booming laugh and the whit...
Tags: Health, Africa, Religion, Society, World news, Charities, Voluntary sector, Global development, Catholic, Burkina Faso, Togo, Aids and HIV, NGO, Lomé, Marie Stella Kouak

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