The Iona Blog

The Marriage Effect: Is it all selection?

In sociology there is something called the ‘selection effect’. For example, sociologists wonder whether religious  people are less likely to divorce because they are religious or is it because the sort of people who are religious are less likely to divorce anyway? The same question applies to marriage. Are married men less likely to abuse...

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Why does The Irish Times want to cut parents out of the picture?

The Irish Times today editorialises in favour of minors being given the Pill without the consent of their parents. It believes the Government should adopt the recommendation of the Law Reform Commission in this regard and copy the example of the UK. The editorial notes that conflicts can arise between doctors, their ‘patients’ and parents...

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What the Time survey on marriage left out

A recent survey by the Pew Centre and Time magazine entitled The Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families highlights changing US attitudes to marriage and family. The poll shows declining support for marriage, but on the other hand it is constructed in such as way as to maximise support for family diversity ideology....

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Sweden the fairest place for families? Not on your life

Sweden is the world’s fairest place for families according to a new report from The Fatherhood Institute in the UK. How do they come to this conclusion, you may ask? In a nutshell, they base it on how equally Swedish men and women divide up work and home duties. You may have noticed that reports...

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Gay activists force Apple to censor Christian statement

The Manhattan Declaration is a pro-marriage, pro-life, pro-religious freedom statement signed by dozens of Christian leaders in the  United States and by thousands of ordinary Christians. It has inspired similar declarations in other countries, for example the Westminster Declaration and the Canberra Declaration. Inevitably the Manhattan Declaration has been condemned by gay rights groups as...

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Tax and the war on stay-at-home wives

As noted in the last blog-post, the Government’s four-year plan unveiled this week represents yet another attack on that most despised of all breeds, the stay-at-home married woman. Having already attacked the one-income married family through tax individualisation, the four-year plan will now erode the remaining tax differential between one-income married families and single people....

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‘Get to work’, Government/IMF tell mothers

The new four-year plan unveiled yesterday will impose a heavier burden on one-income married couples than on single people. This is direct attack on stay-at-home mothers and appears to be a sop to the IMF, the European Commission and the OECD all of which want women to enter the workforce and children to be placed...

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Charity or tolerance: which is better?

Robert Putnam of ‘Bowling Alone’ fame has co-authored a new book with David E Campbell called ‘American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us’. Its findings are that religious people are more charitable and non-religious people are more tolerant. Here’s my question, which is better for society, charity or tolerance? Of course, a person can...

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Defending Catholic ethos: a teacher’s view

I have recently retired after spending thirty five years as a Secondary school teacher in Ireland all of it spent in Catholic schools. I thank you for highlighting the possible dangers contained in the Teaching Council’s Code of Professional Conduct which I feel may not be fully appreciated by Boards of Management or school Principals...

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Abortion providers target conscience rights

We don’t normally comment on abortion on this blog and in fact this blog isn’t really about abortion at all, but rather about the conscience rights of doctors and of medical institutions like hospitals and the attempt by abortion supporters to severely curtail if not eliminate those rights. A few weeks ago the Parliamentary Assembly...

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