The Iona Blog

In practice most people are as pro-eugenics as Richard Dawkins

By David Quinn

On Sunday on RTE radio, Brendan O’Connor gently challenged Professor Richard Dawkins, the famous atheist and scientist, about why he believes it is better for a couple to abort a disabled child rather than carry it to term. Professor Dawkins applied ruthlessly utilitarian logic to the topic. It is because a disabled child is likely...

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Why vaccine passports must not be compulsory

By Dr Angelo Bottone

‘Vaccine passports’, if they are introduced, are documents which would certify that someone has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Without them, you might not be able to access certain places or services. There is even concern churches might insist on them for access to worship. But they are morally problematic for a number of reasons. Of...

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Two radically opposing views battle it out over RSE

By Margaret Hickey

After many skirmishes along the boundaries between Church and State, between traditional faith values and post-modern liberal ones, it appears the question of who should control the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in Irish schools may be the one to finally draw a hard, new line in the sand between government and hierarchy. The question...

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Covid-19 caused a bigger decline in Catholic weddings than civil ones. Why?

By Dr Angelo Bottone

What effect did Covid-19 have on the number of weddings that took place in Ireland last year compared with 2019? As you can imagine, a very big effect. In fact, the number halved, but the reduction in the number of Catholic weddings was bigger than in the number of civil weddings. Why might that have...

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Should Catholic schools be allowed to teach RSE

David Quinn of The Iona Institute was on The Hard Shoulder this week discussing new sex education material published by the bishops for use in Catholic primary schools. His main point? Sex education should be in accord with the wishes of parents. If they want it taught through in school through a Catholic lens, it...

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Irish abortion doctors reporting little disapproval from colleagues

By Dr Angelo Bottone

It is now more than one year since a very liberal abortion law was introduced in Ireland. Only a minority of GPs are willing to prescribe the abortion pill, and in hospitals, a much smaller number perform abortions. But what kind of reaction do they get from other health workers? According to a new paper...

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Is atheism as rational and tolerant as it claims to be?

Atheism often presents itself as a ‘rational’ and ‘tolerant’ alternative to religion. But is this true either in theory or in practice? David Quinn discusses this question with Gerard Casey, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at UCD in the latest Iona Institute video interview. The Iona Institute has just published a new paper by Dr Casey...

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Yet another report downgrades the natural ties

By Dr Angelo Bottone

In a new report for the Government, the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection has recommended legal recognition of domestic surrogacy arrangements even where the commissioning couple have no genetic connection the child. This gives the natural ties short shrift indeed. The recommendation would allow a given couple to use the sperm of one donor, the...

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What we’re not told about the consequences of atheism

In many ways, atheism is based on the big bluff that you can have your cake and eat it too. In the latest paper from The Iona Institute, Dr Gerard Casey, former head of the Department of Philosophy at UCD, calls this bluff. The bluff is that you can deny the existence of God, and...

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Dutch euthanasia law is deciding some lives are more worthy than others

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands bares a disturbing comparison with the Nazi era in Germany because it is recreating the category of life ‘deemed unworthy of life’. This is a opinion of a writer in a leading medical journal, especially as the Netherlands allows people who are not dying to avail of assisted...

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