` Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams Calls Britain a Post-Christian Country ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – April – Britain is now a “post-Christian” country, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has said.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Lord Williams said Britain was not a nation of believers and that the era of widespread worship was over.

It comes after Prime Minister David Cameron said people in Britain should be confident of its status as “a Christian country”.

Deputy PM Nick Clegg said the Church and state should be separated.

Writing in the Church Times, Mr Cameron said Christians made a difference to people’s lives and should be more evangelical about it.

This prompted a group of 50 public figures to write a letter insisting that the UK was “a non-religious” and “plural” society and that to claim otherwise fostered “alienation and division”.

(Telegraph) April 26 – Britain is now a “post-Christian” country, the former archbishop of Canterbury has declared, as research suggests that the majority of Anglicans and Roman Catholics now feel afraid to express their beliefs.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Lord Williams of Oystermouth says Britain is no longer “a nation of believers” and that a further decline in the sway of the Church is likely in the years ahead.

While the country is not populated exclusively by atheists, the former archbishop warns that the era of regular and widespread worship is over.

In writing in the (Telegraph) on April 20 – SIR – We respect the Prime Minister’s right to his religious beliefs and the fact that they necessarily affect his own life as a politician. However, we object to his characterisation of Britain as a “Christian country” and the negative consequences for politics and society that this engenders.

Apart from in the narrow constitutional sense that we continue to have an established Church, Britain is not a “Christian country”.

Repeated surveys, polls and studies show that most of us as individuals are not Christian in our beliefs or our religious identities.

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1. April 27 – BBC News – http://tinyurl.com/kqkjhp3
2. April 26 – Telegraph – http://tinyurl.com/k9llrgg
3 April 20 – Telegraph – http://tinyurl.com/mustt8g

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" First Sexual Abuse Case Ever Filed against Catholic Church in Poland"

#AceWorldNews says a 25-year-old man identified only as Marcin K has filed suit against the Polish Roman Catholic Church, alleging that the church is at least partly responsible for the sexual abuse the man suffered at the hands of a clergyman who is now serving a two-year prison sentence.

It is the first time in Poland that a victim sued not only his attacker but also the church as an institution. Higher-ups in the Polish church apologized to all victims of abuse last year but refused to offer financial compensation.

The UN has called on the Vatican to “immediately remove” all clergy suspected of child abuse but, in this case, the church has said it is not liable because the priest in question acted “independently” within his parish. Marcin K is seeking 47,500 euros ($64,500) in damages as well as an apology printed in the national press.

The Helsinki Foundation human rights group is helping the plaintiff in his case.

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UN Child Protection Experts: “Pressured Vatican to Reveal Extent of Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Priest’s”

#AceWorldNews says UN Child-Protection experts have pressured the Vatican to reveal the extent of Sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. Thursday marked the first time Vatican representatives faced such a panel since the scandals first broke more than two decades ago. Pope Francis termed it “the shame of the Church”. “The best way to prevent abuses is to reveal old ones – openness instead of sweeping offences under the carpet,” Kirsten Sandberg, chairwoman of the 18-member UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, told Vatican delegates facing the panel. “We will take your questions seriously but we are not in a position to answer now,” Vatican delegation head, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, responded at the end of the session, according to Reuters.

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