The Iona Blog

New Zealand’s darkly paradoxical attitude towards protecting life

By Dr Angelo Bottone

In 2020, New Zealand had great success in protecting its people from Covid-19, a naturally-caused infection, but in a seeming paradox it opened the door to euthanasia, and further liberalised its abortion law, both of which allow for the deliberate killing of human beings. New Zealand was the first country to put euthanasia to a...

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Legion of Mary’s humane alternative to the Mother and Baby homes

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The report on the Mother and Baby Homes makes for often disturbing reading. Unmarried mothers were routinely consigned to institutions such as mother and baby or county homes and eventually separated from their children. One organisation followed a different path, namely the Legion of Mary. The report itself acknowledges this. It says: “before the 1970s,...

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Contrary to popular belief, religious men do more housework than the norm

By Dr Angelo Bottone

It goes against the lazy stereotype of the traditionalist, bread-winning male and the subservient wife who does all the housework, but new research has found that men who attend religious services regularly spend more time doing housework than most other men. The other group of men who do more housework than the norm, are non-religious...

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HSE letter whitewashes conflict between doctors over late-term abortions

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Last November, the Iona Institute drew attention to an academic study from University College Cork which strongly indicates that late-term abortions are taking place in Irish hospitals, with the babies sometimes being left to die following a termination. The study was mostly ignored by mainstream media in Ireland but attracted some attention internationally. It was...

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The use of vaccines and material cooperation

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Holy See has recently released an official document stating that, “when ethically irreproachable vaccines are not available, … it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.” This is a reference to the fact that some of the vaccines have in...

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Religious leaders must challenge latest ban on public worship

By David Quinn

Public worship will be effectively banned again in Ireland from St Stephen’s Day because of the increase in Covid case numbers. Leo Varadkar has indicated that the new level 5 restrictions could continue for two months.  The question that must be asked, as always, is whether the move to ban public worship is proportionate given...

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How Irish churches are celebrating Christmas during a pandemic

Over the course of the pandemic, the Iona Institute has been commissioning opinion polls to ascertain what has happened to religious practice when public worship is not permitted, and how many people returned to church when it was permitted albeit with limits on numbers who can attend. Similar research has been conducted in Northern Ireland,...

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Pope Francis outspokenness on abortion ignored

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Our image of public figures is formed mainly by what we read about them in the media. In the case of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, anything that made the later seem more hardline than he really was received plenty of publicity. In the case of Pope Francis the reverse holds true. Hence, his frequent...

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How lockdown has broken some marriages and improved others

By Dr Angelo Bottone

There are indications that Covid-19 will increase rates of divorce and separation because of so many couples being forced to live at close quarters for weeks or even months at a time, without the safety valve of being able to leave the house to go out socialising. But a study based on the UK Household...

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The ethics of taking vaccines that use foetal-tissue-origin cells

By Dr Angelo Bottone

A number of vaccines are being rolled-out to fight Covid-19. In some cases, the vaccine companies have used cells ultimately derived from aborted foetuses. For example, the one announced by Pfizer and BioNtech has used a cell line called HEK293, which uses a kidney cell extracted from an aborted foetus in the Netherlands back in...

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