The Iona Blog

The organisation that offers abortion ceremonies

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Recently, this blog revealed the rapid increase in what might broadly be called ‘New Age’ wedding ceremonies in Ireland presided over by various non-denominational organisations. But wedding services are not all they provide. At least one group offers ceremonies to mark abortion, divorce, and “preparation for dying”. It would have been also unimaginable until very...

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The huge rise of ‘New Age’ weddings in Ireland

By Dr Angelo Bottone

While the number of Catholic marriages in Ireland is steeply declining, new data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) highlights the rise of ceremonies belonging to “other religious denominations”, to use the CSO’s term. Now, you might think this means Muslim ceremonies, or perhaps those that take place in African Pentecostal churches, but these...

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The minority report of the Oireachtas euthanasia Committee

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The introduction of euthanasia in Ireland could lead to the closure of care homes and have an ill effect on the healthcare system, according to the minority report from the members of the Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying. A government seeking savings in the healthcare system could favour assisted suicide over comprehensive end-of-life medical treatments,...

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RTE’s hopelessly unbalanced review of Ireland’s abortion law

By Dr Angelo Bottone

At a time when the government is considering a further liberalisation of our already permissive abortion legislation, RTE Investigates this week aired a documentary on “the realities of Ireland’s current abortion services” which was far from being fair and impartial. In fact, we didn’t get to hear from a single pro-life advocate, and it did...

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The dangers of the new Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act

By David Mullins The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was finally commenced into law last year. It effectively ended what is known as the ‘wardship system’ under which the courts were mandated to make decisions for persons with diminished capacity. The new system puts in other supports for people with diminished capacity but is it...

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Major surrogacy conference seeks international action to ban the practice

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Vatican has just released a new document on the topic of human dignity. Among other issues, it addresses the ethical problems of surrogacy—including the commodification of babies and the financial exploitation of low-income women who are contracted to be surrogates. Ireland is in the process of adopting one of the most permissive laws 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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‘Assisted dying’ recommendations slapdash and dangerous even on their own terms

By Dr Angelo Bottone

As predicted, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying has recommended the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia in Ireland. It claims they will be allowed under only strict conditions and with proper safeguards, but when you read the actual report, some of the conditions and safeguards seem neither strict nor proper. The main recommendation...

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A profile of practising Christians in Northern Ireland

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Northern Ireland remains the most religious part of Britain or Ireland, according to new research published last month. The percentage of people who attend church every week in Northern Ireland – Protestant or Catholic – is greater than the number who attend Irish League football match over an entire year. The report from Evangelical Alliance...

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The referendum results: the best possible Mother’s Day present

THE results of the two referendums are the best possible present ahead of Mother’s Day tomorrow. The Government asked voters to remove the word ‘mother’ from the Constitution and they answered with a resounding No. They also rejected by a huge margin the attempt to foist the extremely nebulous term “durable relationships” on the Constitution....

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