Talks

‘The Catholic vision of the human person’ 

Fr Chris Hayden (pictured), Spiritual Director of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, addressed a meeting of the Iona Institute on the topic of the Catholic vision of the human person, which among other things addressed what Catholicism has to say about relationships and sexuality.  Is the Catholic vision ‘repressive’ as critics say, or is it, in...

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The Past, Present and Future of Catholic Schools: a talk by Breda O’Brien

Catholic schools in Ireland are undergoing the same tremendous changes as Irish society itself. They are becoming more secular and less Catholic as the same happens to Ireland. Only a minority of teachers are practising Catholic and pupils and their parents rarely go to Mass. They are struggling to maintain a truly Catholic ethos. In...

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Maria Steen on the two referendums

Maria Steen addressed a meeting of The Iona Institute last month about the two upcoming referendums on the family, and carers. She told the audience: “The first proposal is to get rid of what is misleadingly referred to as the ‘woman’s place is in the home’ provision of the Constitution. (There is no such provision.) The...

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“Catholics in a Woke World”

On 7th October, the Iona Institute held a conference aimed at young people on the theme “Catholics in a Woke World”.   These are the recordings of the talks from our conference.   Dr Gerard Casey: “What is woke anyway? (Former head of the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin)   Melanie McDonagh: “How...

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‘Christians in a post-human world’: a talk by Dr Gerard Casey

Dr Gerard Casey, former head of the Department of Philosophy at UCD recently addressed a meeting organised by The Iona Institute called ‘Christians in a post-human world: a sneak look at our near future’. Dr Casey described how our world is changing even more rapidly than we realise. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) develops, there is...

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In Defence of Catholic Healthcare: A talk by David Quinn

David Quinn, Chief Executive of The Iona Institute, recently delivered the 4th Rosemary Sheehan Memorial Lecture. His theme was ‘In Defence of Catholic Healthcare’. In his talk, he reminded people of the immense contribution Catholics have made to healthcare in Ireland and worldwide both historically and down to the present day. He explained the origins...

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Europe and the Faith: a talk by Prof Richard Rex

Professor Richard Rex of Queens’ College, Cambridge, addressed The Iona Institute and the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason in University Church on Wednesday, March 22, 2013. His topic was ‘Europe and the Faith’, borrowing the title from Hilaire Belloc’s book of the same name. Professor Rex discussed the past, present and future...

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How surrogacy harms human dignity: a talk

Hear a fascinating and in-depth talk by Jennifer Lahl on the history of surrogacy, the industry that services it, and the victims it has left in its wake. The talk was hosted by The Iona Institute. Jennifer is the founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network(CBC) in California. She has 25...

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Fr Vincent Twomey on the future of the Church in Ireland

Fr Vincent Twomey, Emeritus Professor of Moral Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, addressed a packed University Church on Wednesday night. The event was co-hosted by The Iona Institute and the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason. In his wide-ranging address, Fr Twomey surveyed the situation of the Church in Ireland, discussing in particular...

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Do feminists hate motherhood?

Mary Kenny, writer and journalist, gave a talk on the topic “Do feminists hate motherhood?” to the Iona Institute on October 2nd. In particular she examined the work of Simone de Beauvoir, one of the chief founders of modern feminism and revealed her hostility to motherhood. The text of the talk can be found here.

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