Downloads ~ Recent Talks

John Waters on ‘Ireland and the End of Debate’

On June 9, John Waters addressed a packed meeting of The Iona Institute in the Davenport hotel, Dublin. His topic was ‘Ireland and the End of Debate’. In a wide-ranging address he described how the range of acceptable opinion in Ireland has become narrower and narrower over time. He said that rather than helping to open...

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The Genocide of Christians in the Middle East: a talk

Christians and other religious minorities in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq are being subjected to ferocious persecution for their beliefs. They have been killed, enslaved, sexually abused and driven from their homes. In April, John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need addressed a joint meeting of The Iona Institute and Aid to...

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Pope Francis and the future of the family: an Iona Institute/Irish Catholic conference

In January, the Iona Institute and the Irish Catholic newspaper held a conference called ‘Pope Francis and the Future of the Family’. It was a reflection on the two Synods on the Family that took place in Rome in 2014 and 2015 and which led to the Apostolic Exhortation, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in April. The keynote...

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‘How should a Catholic think about politics?’: a talk by Bishop Kevin Doran

In February the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran delivered a talk called ‘How should a Catholic think about politics? In it, he said he found it “very difficult to see how any Catholic could, in good conscience, vote for a candidate or a political party whose policy it is to legalise abortion”. He listed the areas...

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How should a Catholic think about politics? A talk by Bishop Kevin Doran

At an Iona Institute meeting in Sligo, Bishop Kevin Doran addressed the topic, ‘How should a Catholic think about politics’.I find it very difficult to see how any Catholic could, in good conscience, vote for a candidate or a political party whose policy it is to legalise abortion”, the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran will...

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Aggressive Secularism: lessons from Scotland

Professor Tom Gallagher discusses aggressive secularism in Scotland and wonders if there are lessons for Ireland in the Scottish experience. He describes Scotland as a ‘one-ideology State’.  The text of his talk can be found here. A video of the talk is here and the Q & A session following the talk is here. Professor...

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The Alleged Conflict between Faith and Science

Priest and physicist Fr Andrew Pinsent spoke to the Iona Institute in February 2013 about the mistaken view that science and religion are in conflict.

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John Waters on the Abolition of God

John Waters addressed the Iona Institute in the Davenport on Wednesday 12th December 2012 on the subject Abolition of God.

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David Quinn’s talk to the IEC: The Changing Irish Family: for better or worse?

David Quinn spoke to the International Congress in June 2012 on the changing face of the Irish family, and what it means for Irish society.

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Fr Michael Drumm on the rights of denominational schools

The Chair of the Catholic schools Partnership, Fr Michael Drumm spoke to the Iona Institute on the subject of denominational schools. Fr Drumm said that some of the preliminary recommendations of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism could have the effect of badly undermining the ethos and identity of denominational schools.

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