The Iona Blog

Law lecturer says it is not illegal for Catholics to receive Communion during lockdown

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Gardaí have been stopping priests distributing Holy Communion. All public worship is currently banned. The Government is fighting businessman, Declan Ganley challenge to the constitutionality of the restrictions on religious gatherings tooth and nail. But one legal expert believes the lockdown law is being incorrectly interpreted, namely Oran Doyle of Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Doyle...

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Bringing hope to the persecuted Christians of Iraq

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Pope Francis has just returned from an historic visit to Iraq where Christians have been savagely persecuted and driven from their homes. His trip was a very necessary act of solidarity. He will have also seen the work done by organisations like Aid to the Church in Need in helping Christians to rebuild their lives...

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How Belgium’s euthanasia law has been consistently abused

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Pro-euthanasia advocates in Ireland, as elsewhere, insist that properly drawn legislation permitting assisted suicide and euthanasia will ensure that such a law will never be abused.  Numerous safeguards, they assure us, can be put in place. A new academic study from Belgium very much indicates the opposite is the case. The three authors, who are...

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Bishop Doran on the hierarchy’s ‘diplomatic’ approach to re-opening public worship

In an interview this week with David Quinn, Bishop Kevin Doran discussed the current ban on public worship, something that looks set to continue until summer. David put it to Bishop Doran that in other countries, bishops have taken their Governments to court. He asked why a similar tactic has not been tried here. Bishop...

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Ireland one of only two EU countries banning public worship

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Ireland is currently one of only two countries in the whole of the European Union where the Government has put a complete stop to public worship.  The other member-state is Slovenia. Restrictions on worship vary from country to country, from mild in Austria, to strict in Belgium. In Belgium, dozens of Catholics gathered on Sunday...

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The immoral origins of certain cell-lines used in medical research

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The use of vaccines that have some connection with abortion poses serious for the Christian conscience. In two other blogs (here and here) I have explained why it is morally permissible to avail of them if they are medically necessary and if there are no alternatives. Nonetheless, the problematic origin of those vaccines remains and...

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Why I believe I have a moral duty to be vaccinated

By Dr Angelo Bottone

I will take the Covid-19 vaccine, when available, because on balance I believe I have a moral duty to do so. I also understand why some people have reservations about its safety, its efficacy and its morality. (I have already discussed here and here the morality of using vaccines using cell lines derived from abortions.)...

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Medical bodies unite in opposition to assisted suicide Bill

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Some of the most important medical bodies in the country have now declared to be against Ireland legalising assisted suicide. Several have sent submissions to the Oireachtas Justice Committee and expressed opposition to far-left TD Gino Kenny’s ‘Dying with Dignity’ Bill. We must hope the voices of some of the country’s most distinguished doctors will...

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There is a duty to take the vaccine, but it should not be compelled

The Iona Institute has asked a number of Catholic moral theologians and philosophers to respond to a number of questions about whether there is a moral duty to take one of the Covid vaccinations when offered one, whether they should be a legal compulsion to do so, and finally whether companies such as airlines should...

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Assisted suicide submission sows confusion about passive euthanasia

By Dr Angelo Bottone

As mentioned in the previous blog, a document in support of euthanasia and assisted suicide has been submitted the Oireachtas Committee on Justice by a small group of Irish doctors. That blog examined how the document’s reasoning illustrates the existence of a slippery slope even while denying it. This blog will look at its ambiguous...

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