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A partial victory for the right to life in European court

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Belgium has violated the right to life, as guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, in a controversial euthanasia case, although the ruling was more about procedure than the substance of the country ‘right to die’. The ruling refers to Godelieva de Troyer, a woman...

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The coming ‘depopulation bomb’

By Dr Angelo Bottone

A moral transformation, rather than social policies, will stop the de-population bomb claims Dr Nicholas Eberstadt, an expert in demography, in a new interview called the ‘De-Population Bomb’. For years we have been warned of the dangers of an increasing world population (the so-called ‘population bomb’), but what happens when it shrinks, instead? This is already...

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Government’s latest legislative programme bad news for pro-lifers

By Dr Angelo Bottone

This Dail is back in session. What are some of the issues we should be looking out for in the autumn term? One is the promised “hate crimes” bill which may affect freedom of religious expression. Another, not totally unrelated, is the proposal to ban pro-lifers from holding even silent vigils outside facilities where abortions...

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Exploring the link between family breakdown and anti-social behaviour

By Dr Angelo Bottone

When we see reports about anti-social behaviour and criminality – for example, the ramming of a garda car in Dublin this week – no-one ever explores whether there might be a link with family breakdown. It would be surprising if this was not sometimes the case. Plenty of studies overseas have established such a link,...

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Why Governments should pay more attention to family stability

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Almost half of children born in the UK in 2000 did not grow up with both of their biological parents throughout their childhood, according to a new report by the Children’s Commissioner, Rachel de Souza. This is because so many are born to lone parents, or else see their parents (married or cohabiting) separate.  This...

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Religion linked to greater sexual happiness says new study

By Patrick Fitzgerald

One of the biggest articles of faith of modern, liberal societies is that the sexual freedoms now available to us have made people happier and more fulfilled. An accompanying belief is that we needed to slay the ‘dragon’ of religious sexual repression in order to win our freedoms. But now a major new study has...

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Some unexpected support after latest attack on Iona Institute

A new report from an organisation in America attacks the Iona Institute in a highly defamatory manner, but the attack is so bad that it has been recognised as such by fair-minded liberals who have criticised the report in public and defended us. The document was published by a Washington DC-based outfit called the ‘Global Project...

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Political ideology as a substitute for religion

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Politics has become a substitute for religion and ‘social justice warriors’ are today’s Puritans, a new BBC documentary claims. Helen Lewis, who was raised Catholic but is now an atheist, has produced a new documentary for BBC Radio 4 in which she explores the thesis that contemporary social justice movements have the same characteristics that...

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Liberals still ignore the fact that family structure matters

In England last year, a majority of births (51.3pc) took place outside marriage. In Ireland, the figure is now above 40pc. Some might say that this is a purely private matter, but it’s not true, because family structure is important and the evidence remains that children tend to fare best when raised by their own...

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Archie Battersbee case was not black or white

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The recent case of Archie Battersbee, who had his life support machine turned off after a long legal battle and against the wishes of his parents, raises questions on whether and when it is morally permissible to do this, and who should decide. The 12-year-old boy suffered brain injury while at home in London, in...

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