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  • With Christianity in Decline, Britain Sees Rise of Humanist ‘Pastors’

    08/24/2016 2:10:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2016 | 12:08 AM EDT | Kevin McCandless
    With participation in traditional faiths at near-record lows, Britain is seeing the rise of what humanists describe as “pastors” for the non-religious. Last month the University of Westminster in London broke new ground by appointing its first official secular advisor for students. The move followed efforts by the British Humanist Association since 2014 to train more than 100 volunteers to go into schools, hospitals and prisons in order to provide counseling support for those who don’t believe in a deity. Early this year hospitals run by Britain’s National Health Service in Leicester also saw their first humanist appointed to the...
  • Christians in Germany hiding Bibles amid death threats from Muslim migrants

    08/12/2016 12:35:35 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 19 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 08/11/2016 | Christine Williams
    In Italy in June, Christians were ordered to “pray in silence” so as not to offend Muslim migrants; now in Germany, Christians are being forced to hide their Bibles due to death threats from migrant Muslims. Christians are also being attacked, intimated, and being told they are “as impure as a dog”, while the toys of Christian children are being destroyed. Iranian-born pastor Mahin Mousapour (who was threatened at knifepoint on the street) said at a press conference that Germany’s “‘misconceived tolerance’ had led Germany to be overly respectful to Islam, pointing to Ramadan arrangements as a ‘disastrous’ example of...
  • Christians Forced to Hide Bibles Amid Migrant Muslim Death Threats

    08/11/2016 5:11:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | August 11, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Bundestag member Erika Steinbach and Iranian-born pastor Mahin Mousapour called for much stronger sanctions for Muslims who abuse Christians in Germany at a press conference on Monday. Highlighting the fact Christians suffer violence, harassment, and death threats in migrant lodgings, Ms. Mousapour criticised Germany for granting Islam “too much respect”. Declaring anti-Christian hate attacks an affront to German values, politician Erika Steinbach advocated the government deport migrants who insult or attack Christians. At the press conference Ms. Mousapour, who converted to Christianity more than 25 years ago, reported that Christians face various forms of persecution in migrant housing. Ms Mousapour...
  • At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves

    07/21/2016 10:19:10 AM PDT · by Javeth · 59 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 4, 2015 | Kirsten Grieshaber
    BERLIN (AP) — Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. "Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?" pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. "Will you break away from Islam?" "Yes," Zonoobi fervently replies. Spreading his hands in blessing, Martens then baptizes the man "in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost." Mohammed is now Martin — no longer Muslim, but Christian. Zonoobi, a carpenter from the Iranian city of Shiraz, arrived in Germany with his wife and two children five months ago. He...
  • German Bishops Release New figures: Fewer Churchgoers, Parishes, and Priests

    07/16/2016 10:06:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    EWTN ^ | 7/16/17 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Figures released Friday by the German bishops' conference draw a bleak picture of the ongoing decline of Catholicism in Germany. However, the head of the conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, described the Church July 15 as a continuing "strong force, whose message is heard and accepted". With more than 23.7 million members in Germany, Catholicism is the largest single religious group in country, comprising 29 percent of the population. Yet people are leaving the Church in droves: in 2015, a total of 181,925 people departed. By comparison, 2,685 people became Catholic, and 6,474 reverted to Catholicism. Whilst...
  • European churches say growing flock of Muslim refugees are converting

    06/05/2016 3:49:45 PM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 54 replies
    A growing number of Muslim refugees in Europe are converting to Christianity, according to churches, which have conducted mass baptisms in some places. Reliable data on conversions is not available but anecdotal evidence suggests a pattern of rising church attendance by Muslims who have fled conflict, repression and economic hardship in countries across the Middle East and central Asia. Complex factors behind the trend include heartfelt faith in a new religion, gratitude to Christian groups offering support during perilous and frightening journeys, and an expectation that conversion may aid asylum applications. At Trinity church in the Berlin suburb of Steglitz,...
  • Fast Islamization of Europe, with Christian Assistance

    05/09/2016 5:28:40 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 34 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Fast Islamization of Europe, with Christian Assistance By Julio Severo A liberal Muslim who backs homosexual “marriage” was elected the first Islamic mayor of London, the capital of England and one of the most important cities in the West. Sadiq Khan, the first Islamic mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the new Muslim mayor of London, said, “This election was not without controversy and I’m so proud that Londoners have today chosen hope over fear and unity over division.” A Muslim teaching “unity” to a nation with a Christian past and majority? His election victory was celebrated in a multi-denominational...
  • Norway Seizes Christian Children From Parents [John 15 - World Loves Islam, Hates Christianity]

    01/17/2016 1:27:45 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    CP World ^ | 1/16/2016 | Katherine Weber
    International protests are being planned throughout the month of January after the Norwegian government removed five children from their Christian parents under accusations of "religious indoctrination." Protests are planned for the rest of January in the Czech Republic, Latvia, Austria, Romania, Spain, Ireland, India, Poland, and Australia, along with several other countries to speak out against the recent separation of five Christian children from their parents at the hands of government officials. In November 2015, Norway's child welfare services, known as Barnevernet, removed five children, including three sons and two daughters, from parents Ruth and Marius Bodnariu, residents of Naustdal...
  • Please pray for the Christian soldiers and police of Europe

    09/14/2015 4:35:31 PM PDT · by Lucy Hamilton · 16 replies
    As of now, much of my beloved Continents border are closed. As of now, in particular the Hungarian army are armed and out in force patrolling their border with Serbia. Hungary is historically a Christian nation that has suffered under barbaric Islam in Centuries past. The majority of our European armies and police are Christian. Can I ask you at this alarming time, to pray for our brave men AND women in our European forces, army and police, who have been given no choice now but to put themselves on the front line to try and protect my fellow European...
  • German Bishop wants the Church to bless homosexual "unions" ~

    09/13/2015 4:24:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | September 13, 2015 | Barona
    Full Title: BREAKING: German Bishop wants the Church to bless homosexual "unions" ~ "...assist them with prayer and a private form of blessing..." "Another ideology of evil" St. Pope John Paul II: referring to "same-sex marriage" The German delegation to the Synod on the Family is now world famous for its support for the Homosexualist and Adulterist Parties; that is, churchmen who support homosexual activity (sadly it cannot be excluded that amongst this strident group would also be bishops and priests who are practicing homosexuality or being blackmailed; bishops who are being blackmailed for covering up child abuse must also...
  • Stop Preaching PC ‘Christianity Light,’ Says German Cardinal

    07/23/2015 4:23:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/21/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Church leaders must teach the true Faith even if it means "risking execution by the media"DÜSSELDORF, July 21, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - In a recent interview with German newspaper Rheinische Post, retired German cardinal Walter Brandmüller urges the Church to stand up for the Faith against a "perverse lust for self-destruction" among some of Her members. Such a tendency, he observes, often manifests in "undermining the procreation of life in different ways and in putting into question the natural sexual identity of man and woman." Cardinal Brandmüller, former head of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, says Catholic leaders must reject...
  • Turn Empty Catholic Churches into Mosques, French Muslim Leader Says

    06/16/2015 10:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 6/15/15
    France’s top Muslim official has suggested turning empty or abandoned Catholic churches into mosques, saying as many as 5,000 are needed for the country’s Muslim population - the largest in Europe. “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, told Europe 1 radio on Monday. There are currently about 2,500 mosques in France with another 300 under construction, but the number falls short of what is needed, he said. With roughly 5 million Muslims in France, at least 5,000 mosques are needed,...
  • Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships

    05/16/2015 5:25:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 16, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships Vote maintains Church's traditional view of marriage between a man and woman, but allows individual congregations to "opt out" By Nicola Harley 16 May 2015 The Church of Scotland has voted in favour of allowing people in same sex civil partnerships to be called as ministers and deacons. The decision was made by the General Assembly on the Mound in Edinburgh on Saturday, where the motion was passed by 309 votes in favour and 182 against. The outcome is the culmination of years of deliberation within...
  • 100s of Priests in England & Wales urge Vatican Synod to end confus over Marriage and Sexuality

    03/25/2015 7:19:29 PM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | March 24, 2015 anno Domini | Press Release
    PRESS RELEASE FROM "SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE LETTER" COORDINATOR In a dramatic turn of events, nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have written a letter in defence of the ‘traditional teaching on marriage and human sexuality’ in anticipation of the forthcoming Vatican Synod on the family. This letter comes at a time when a growing number of Catholics are concerned that the gathering of Church leaders in Rome, scheduled for October 2015, will seek to re-think Gospel teaching on marriage, sexuality, repentance and grace. Some Cardinals, particularly from Germany, have suggested that Holy Communion could be received by those in...
  • Indian Faithful Save Church in England’s Catholic Heartland

    01/15/2015 4:46:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Syro-Malabars will take over St Ignatius after it was closed last yearA historic church in Preston that was closed two months ago will re-open after the Bishop of Lancaster offered it to Syro-Malabar Catholics. St Ignatius’ Church, opened in 1836, was due to be merged with the nearby English Martyrs Church because of a shortage of priests. Parishioners said they were stunned by the decision. But on New Year’s Eve Bishop Michael Campbell received a letter from Cardinal George Alencherry requesting a church and presbytery for Syro-Malabar Catholics under the charge of Fr Mathew Jacob Choorapoikayil. There are an estimated...
  • The European Left’s War On Christianity

    01/05/2015 5:41:45 AM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | January 5, 2015 | Stephen Brown
    It was an attack of unreasoning rage and unrelenting hatred on one of the world’s greatest symbols of love and peace, life and hope. On Christmas Day in the heart of Catholic Christianity, St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the leftist radical and militant feminist group, Femen, staged another of its outrageous “happenings” against its favourite target, the Catholic Church.
  • German Cathedral to Dim Lights in Protest Against Anti-Islamic March

    01/04/2015 5:57:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/3/15 | Staff Reporter
    Cathedral dean says he wants to make marchers 'stop and think'Cologne Cathedral will turn off its lights on Monday evening in protest against an anti-Islamic march in the German city. A group called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) is organising the march, which is the latest in a series of demonstrations in Germany. A recent march in Dresden attracted an estimated 17,000 people. Fr Norbert Feldhoff, dean of Cologne Cathedral, told Reuters: “Pegida is made up of an astonishingly broad mix of people, ranging from those in the middle of society to racists and the extreme...
  • Germany Tense Over anti-Islam 'Pegida' March in Dresden

    12/15/2014 12:43:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/15/14
    A march against "Islamisation of the West" is due to take place in Dresden, with turnout expected to reach about 10,000 in the eastern German city. A big counter-demonstration is also being organised, similar in size. Dresden is the birthplace of a movement called "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West" (Pegida), which staged a big rally a week ago. Justice Minister Heiko Maas called Pegida's protests "a disgrace". But the Eurosceptic party AfD is sympathetic. "Most of their demands are legitimate," said Bernd Lucke, leader of the conservative Alternativ fuer Deutschland (AfD), which has campaigned for a tougher...
  • 17,500 Germans Gather to Sing Christmas Carols Against Islamisation

    12/23/2014 7:35:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 47 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    The German PEGIDA movement held its largest meeting yet last night to protest what they call the ‘Islamisation of the Western World’, despite stiff opposition from all sections of Germany’s elite including politicians, media, and the arts. PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West) has grown rapidly since its inception in October, a peaceful ‘strolling’ movement opposing the exceptional violence seen in street battles between Salafist Muslims and ethnic Kurds seen in many German cities this year and enormous immigration. Now on it’s tenth ‘evening stroll’, it has grown from a couple of hundred people, to 15,000 last week,...
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    12/07/2014 3:06:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    CBN ^ | 9/19/2014
    EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal...
  • Gay Marriage Acceptance by Finnish Lutheran Archbishop Prompts Mass Resignations From Church..

    12/01/2014 6:45:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/1/14 | Stoyan Zaimov
    As many as 7,800 people have resigned from the Lutheran Church in Finland since the parliament approved a law legalizing same-sex marriages on Friday, which was backed by Kari Mäkinen, the Archbishop of Turku and Finland. Mäkinen reportedly said that he was "rejoiced" by the passage of the law, YLE News reported on Sunday. "I know how much this day means for rainbow people, their loved ones and many others. I rejoice with my whole heart for them and with them," the Archbishop said. "We are in the same situation as our neighboring Nordic churches: our concept of marriage needs...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Hopes Approval of Female Bishops will not Block Ecumenical Progress

    07/19/2014 10:23:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the other Christian leaders, saying that he hopes ecumenical progress can continue after the decision of the Church of England ordain women as bishops. Dr. Justin Welby acknowledges that some “ecumenical partners may find this a further difficulty on the journey towards full communion.” But he observes that a shared Christian faith provides “much that unites us,” and argues that there is “so much troubling our world today that our common witness to the Gospel is of more importance than ever.” In his letter the Anglican primate explains the drive to approve the...
  • Muslim Terrorizes British Church Congregation

    07/18/2014 1:49:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/17/2014 | Pamela Geller
    Muslim outreach, my friends.Imagine the press coverage if a Christian did this in a mosque. “’Terror’ torment at Alfreton church,” Chad, July 17, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace)Tormented residents have told how a nuisance neighbour who walked into a church “dressed like a terrorist” and plagued a neighbour with references to the murder of soldier Lee Rigby made their lives a misery.Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Mohammed Dar, 52, of Ley Gardens, Alfreton, walked into the New Life Church, in Alfreton, on Remembrance Sunday masked in a headscarf and bandana enscribed with the words God is Great in...
  • Armed insurgents take over Ukrainian Bible training center during Sunday morning worship

    05/25/2014 2:30:55 PM PDT · by discipler · 10 replies
    GORLUVKA, Ukraine (BNc) — A Bible training building doubling as a worship location was taken over by armed insurgents this morning (US time) during worship, Howell Ferguson, Stateside Coordinator of the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver, said on Facebook. Howell preaches with the North Jackson church of Christ in Jackson, Tenn., and works with the extension program of BVBID. The building is used for the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Ukraine and for Christian worship and activities of the Central church of Christ in Gorluvka. They were given only hours hours to remove personal property. “I have had no...
  • Britain's Conservative Candidate Quits After Anti-Islam, Anti-Gay Tweets

    05/05/2014 8:05:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 5/5/14 | Anugrah Kumar
    A council election candidate has resigned from Britain's ruling Conservative Party with immediate effect, apologizing for posting anti-Islamic and anti-gay comments on Twitter."I have let myself and my party down," David Bishop, a candidate in Brentwood South in Essex, said in a statement Sunday. "In order to avoid any further embarrassment, I have taken the decision to resign from the Conservative party with immediate effect. I will not be asking anyone to vote for me on 22 May. Last month, Bishop, who is also a local DJ, tweeted, "#Islam 'the religion of peace' & rape," referring to the arrest of...
  • Faith Rising in East, Setting in West? Europe and Christianity

    02/09/2014 5:48:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/08/2014 | Eric Metaxas
    If I asked you to describe the state of Christianity in Europe, you'd probably answer "not good." And there'd be ample reason to do so. Most of us are familiar with the depressing statistics regarding church attendance in Western Europe and Scandinavia. But there is more to Europe than Britain, France, and Sweden. And in Central and Eastern Europe, a different story is being written. This story was the subject of a recent First Things article by Filip Mazurczak. In it, Mazurczak reveals to readers what is going on in former communist societies such as Hungary and Croatia. For instance,...
  • Christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at 'converting' gay patients

    01/14/2014 12:46:37 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 22 replies
    Guardian ^ | 01/10/2013 | Patrick Strudwick
    Britain's leading body for Christian therapists has instructed its members to stop trying to turn gay patients straight using so-called "conversion therapy". The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) said the practice should be stopped "in the interests of public safety", but the move has prompted a furious response from proponents of talking "cures" for homosexuality who have promised to fight for what they see as the right to therapy of anyone distressed by "unwanted same sex attraction". The controversial practice seeks to unearth childhood traumas, which are considered by conversion therapists to have caused homosexuality. Sexual abuse, bullying and having...
  • Change of faith: Why young Brits turn from Christianity to Islam

    09/28/2013 4:32:01 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    The Final Call ^ | Sep 27, 2013 | RT.com
    Local Mosque in the Hyde Park area of Leeds, England. The UK’s official religion is dwindling at a record speed, with the decline of the Church “approaching rock bottom,” experts warn. While Christian congregations age, most British mosques are bringing more and more young people on board. Public mosque services attract thousands of British Muslims, but when you check out a church, there are hardly a dozen participants at Sunday morning worship, RT’s Polly Boiko reports from London. “The decline of churches in the UK is long term, now it just happens to be approaching rock bottom. So 95...
  • French Row Over Plans to Swap Christian Holidays

    09/27/2013 7:31:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    France 24 ^ | 9/26/13 | Sam Ball
    A French official has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian public holidays should be removed and replaced by ones marking the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.A proposal by a French official to replace Christian national holidays with those based on Jewish and Muslim festivals has sparked controversy in the country. Dounia Bouzar, an anthropologist specialising in religion who was recently appointed to France’s National Observatory on Secularism, put forward the proposal in an interview with France’s Challenges magazine on Monday. “At the moment, every French person celebrates Christmas, and I think it should...
  • Christians lose out to atheists…as religious people are ‘held back from top positions’ (UK)

    08/04/2013 5:35:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:58 EST, 3 August 2013 | Steve Doughty
    Christians are less likely than atheists to be promoted to top jobs, official figures show. Nearly a quarter of people with no religious belief live in homes headed by someone with a senior executive position or a job in one of the professions. However, well under a fifth of Christians work in the best-paid and most influential jobs or are married to someone who does. … Barrister Andrea Minichiello Williams, a member of the Church of England’s General Synod, said: “If you hold views that are contrary to the prevailing orthodoxy, you are seen as potential trouble. This is a...
  • QUEEN APPROVES: GAY MARRIAGE...

    07/17/2013 9:20:54 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 124 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 07/17/2013 | Matt Drudge
    Link to Washington Post Article. There goes the British Empire. The Monarchy has fallen.
  • Jail for Calling Homosexuality A Sin

    07/10/2013 4:38:20 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 35 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 07/10/13 | Charles M. Phipps
    Tony Miano is a retired deputy sheriff and former chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A little over a week ago he went to London with the ministry group called Sports Fan Outreach International to do street preaching outside the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. While doing this, he was arrested. When a woman heard Miano mention that the Bible was clear about homosexuality being a sin she cursed at him, then called the police who arrived shortly thereafter and arrested him. The charge was "using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult." Upon arriving at...
  • Church of England creating 'pagan church' to recruit members

    06/21/2013 3:19:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/21/2013 | Radhika Sanghani
    The church is training ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre” to attract spiritual believers. Ministers are being trained to create new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs as part of a Church of England drive to retain congregation numbers. Reverend Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher and adviser in new religious movements told the BBC: “I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture.” He said it would be “almost to create a pagan church where Christianity was very much...
  • Bible becomes unlikely top-seller in secular Norway

    06/09/2013 8:00:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/07/2013
    OSLO, NORWAY: It may sound like an unlikely No. 1 best-seller for any country, but in Norway — one of the most secular nations in an increasingly godless Europe — the runaway popularity of the Bible has caught the country by surprise. The Scriptures, in a new Norwegian language version, even outpaced "Fifty Shades of Grey" to become Norway's best-selling book. The sudden burst of interest in God's word has also spread to the stage, with a six-hour play called "Bibelen," Norwegian for "the Bible," drawing 16,000 people in a three-month run that recently ended at one of Oslo's most...
  • Church of Scotland takes step to allow gay clergy

    05/20/2013 4:20:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 5/20/2013 | SYLVIA HUI
    Senior members of the Church of Scotland voted Monday to let some congregations choose ministers who are in same-sex relationships — an important compromise that must still pass further hurdles before it can become church law. The church's General Assembly backed a motion affirming a traditional conservative view on homosexuality, but permitted liberal congregations to ordain openly gay men or women if they wish. The assembly's vote would require the approval of next year's General Assembly as well as votes by the church's regional presbyteries to become law. The process is complicated, and is expected to take at least two...
  • Christianity declining 50pc faster than thought – as one in 10 under-25s is a Muslim (UK)

    05/20/2013 4:21:54 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 47 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | John Bingham
    A new analysis of the 2011 census shows that a decade of mass immigration helped mask the scale of decline in Christian affiliation among the British-born population – while driving a dramatic increase in Islam, particularly among the young. It suggests that only a minority of people will describe themselves as Christians within the next decade, for first time. Meanwhile almost one in 10 under 25s in Britain is now a Muslim. The proportion of young people who describe themselves as even nominal Christians has dropped below half for the first time. Initial results from the 2011 census published last...
  • Diana Funeral Marked Return to 'Catholic' England, Archbishop

    03/26/2013 6:55:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/25/13 | John Bingham
    Acts such as showering the Princess’s hearse with flowers show that the public is reverting to a “Catholic” approach to death after centuries of protestant reserve, the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols suggested. He said that the Princess’s funeral in 1997 marked a watershed in British history and would be remembered as the “end of the Reformation in England”. Catholic practices such as prayers for the souls of the dead and a belief in saints, which were dismissed by protestant reformers in the 16th Century, are now being rediscovered, he said. The recent growth in unofficial roadside...
  • Queen fights for gay rights: Monarch makes historic pledge

    03/10/2013 4:04:25 AM PDT · by haffast · 77 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 17:58 EST, 9 March 2013 | Simon Walters
    The Queen will tomorrow back an historic pledge to promote gay rights and ‘gender equality’ in one of the most controversial acts of her reign. In a live television broadcast, she will sign a new charter designed to stamp out discrimination against homosexual people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women – a key part of a new drive to boost human rights and living standards across the Commonwealth. snip The charter, dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’...
  • My Sunday at an Atheistic Church

    02/10/2013 11:22:29 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 8, 2013 | Kyle Beshears
    Last month I stumbled upon an article about an atheistic “church service” in London. I didn’t even read the whole thing before I decided I had to go.The Sunday Assembly, as the group is called, meets once a month at The Nave in North London for “anybody searching for a sense of community, to meet and ‘turn good intentions into action.’”It is, all things considered, an atheistic church.Yes. A church for atheists.The Nave – new home to the atheistic church The Sunday Assembly This morning I woke up, sacrificed hearing Os Guinness speak at my own church, and ventured down to...
  • Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for...

    01/25/2013 9:18:10 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    mailonline ^ | James Rush
    FULL TITLE: Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for 'health and safety reasons' A furious dad has slammed a school after his six-year-old son was banned from wearing a Christian band in class on health and safety grounds. Peter Thompson's son Eddie had been wearing the band, decorated with the Christian symbol of a fish, out of sight for six months. But when a teacher spotted Eddie scratching his ankle she noticed the band, covered by his sock, and ordered him to hand it over. Now he is being kept at home after he was...
  • Church Panel Under Pressure to Name New Anglican Leader

    10/27/2012 9:50:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/25/12 | Alessandra Prentice and Peter Griffiths
    (Reuters) - A secretive group choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans, is under pressure to break a deadlock in their talks and reach a decision, nearly a month after an announcement was expected. The choice of the next head of the worldwide Anglican Communion comes at critical time for a church threatened by a rise in secularism and long-running divisions over senior women clergy and homosexuality. The 105th Archbishop of Canterbury will have to contend with the risk of a schism over sex and sexuality. Liberal church leaders in the United States...
  • Hundreds of Christians walked in LGBT Pride march in London

    07/08/2012 4:09:36 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 66 replies
    Ekklesia ^ | 8 July 2012 | Staff writers
    [picture from "Queering the Church"] Around 200 Christians marched as a group in the Pride procession in London yesterday (7 July) to show their support for the dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Many wore T-shirts declaring "Christian and proud". Many other Christians joined other parts of the parade. A small number of Christians stood at the side of the march with placards expressing their sorrow for Christian homophobia. Later, a Christian service for Pride participants was hosted at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. There were also participants of other faiths at the event, including Jews...
  • Plans to Allow Gay Marriages 'Could Force Church to Split From State' for First Time in 500 Years

    06/11/2012 7:18:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/11/12 | Steve Doughty
    A law to allow same-sex weddings will destroy the institution of marriage for future generations, leaders of the Church of England warned yesterday. They claim it will lead to a constitutional crisis, arguing that human rights legislation will force churches to treat gay couples asking for a wedding in the same way they treat heterosexual couples. The Church of England’s warning comes in response to the Government’s consultation on legalising same-sex marriage, which will close this week. The proposed reforms, formally launched in March, have been described by Church officials as ‘half-baked’, ‘very shallow’, ‘superficial’ and ‘completely irrational’. They claim...
  • Catholic cardinal calls on Christians to wear their crosses every day

    04/07/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-7-12 | Damien Pearse
    Head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, says symbol shows you 'live by Christ's standards in daily life' Britain's most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as "a symbol of their beliefs" and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appealed for more people to attend church this Sunday – even if they are "a bit vague" about religion....
  • More Anglicans leave Church of England for Rome

    04/01/2012 10:02:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Refreshing News ^ | April 1, 2012
    A parish church has been torn apart by its priest’s decision to defect to the Roman Catholic Church. St. Annes R.C. Church in Darlington (England)On Wednesday, the 26-strong choir of St James the Great will sing for the congregation as they have always done during Holy Week. But this week they will do so a mile down the road in St Anne’s Roman Catholic church, their new home. Led by Fr Ian Grieves, the priest at St James in Darlington for 23 years, 58 parishioners will formally join the Ordinariate, the body set up by the Pope for disaffected Anglicans....
  • Pope oversees a dwindling church

    09/22/2011 5:41:12 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 22 replies
    Press Europe ^ | September 22nd 2011 | Staff
    “The Church dies in Europe,” headlines Tygodnik Powszechny on the occasion of Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany starting September 22. Statistics published by the German episcopate tell it all: in 2010 over 180,000 Germans left the Church while only 170,000 were baptised. Also, the number of vocations has been dwindling: in 2009, 120 candidates entered the seminary; a year later there were just 79 of them. Similar trends are observed in countries like Spain or Ireland, once considered Europe’s Catholic vanguard. “Less churchgoers, less vocations, less support for the Christian ethic, less Vatican authority”, writes the Polish Catholic journal, noting...
  • Church Blocks Reforms Over Royal Marriage [Royals Can Marry Muslims But NOT Catholics]

    04/24/2011 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 24, 2011 | Rosa Prince
    Church Blocks Reforms Over Royal Marriages The Church of England has blocked a Government move to scrap a centuries-old law which prevents members of the Royal family from marrying Roman Catholics, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. If the Supreme Governor of the Church of England was a Roman Catholic, they would ultimately be answerable to a separate sovereign leader, the Pope, and the Vatican. 24 Apr 2011 Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, began work towards repealing the 1701 Act of Settlement, under which heirs to the throne must renounce their claim on marrying a Roman Catholic, in order to...
  • Huffington Post Columnist Celebrates 'Slow, Whining Death' of Christianity (in UK)

    08/10/2010 12:46:41 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 41 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 08/10/2010 | Nathan Burchfiel
    It's not often you see an obituary as snarky and bitter as the one written by British columnist Johann Hari announcing what he called the "slow, whining death of British Christianity" in the UK edition of GQ and online at The Huffington Post. Citing an unlinked ICM study, which is not available on the organization's website, Hari called on reader to "put your hands together and give thanks, for I come bearing Good News. My country,Britain, is now on the most irreligious country on earth." Hari called Christianity, "superstition," "weak," "cruel," and based on "intimidation." He predicted that, "As their...
  • Charges Dropped against UK Preacher who Called Homosexual Acts a Sin

    05/17/2010 10:45:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 535+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Monday May 17, 2010 | Hilary White
    Monday May 17, 2010 Charges Dropped against UK Preacher who Called Homosexual Acts a Sin By Hilary White  WORKINGTON, UK, May 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Charges have been dropped against Dale Mcalpine, an evangelical street preacher from Workington in Cumbria, who was arrested April 20 after he was denounced to police by a homosexualist police community support officer (PCSO). Mcalpine had, in a private conversation with a passer-by during his day of preaching, said that homosexual activity is a sin, in accordance with Biblical teaching.The Christian Institute reports that after reviewing the evidence, crown prosecutors decided to drop charges...
  • Church Warned That Flag of Jesus Is 'Religious Advertising'

    04/29/2010 7:41:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 537+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 29, 2010 | Richard Savill
    Church Warned That Flag of Jesus Is 'Religious Advertising' A vicar has been warned by council officials about flying a flag depicting Jesus Christ outside his church because it was deemed to be “religious advertising”. By Richard Savill 29 Apr 2010 Rev Mark Binney, vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Hampton, Worcs, said he had been told he needed planning permission if he wanted to fly a flag “advertising Christianity” in future. The flag was put up outside the church in the week preceding Easter Sunday displaying the words 'This is Holy Week' and an image of Jesus on the cross....