The Iona Blog

‘Midnight Mass’ an incoherent mess that inverts Catholic beliefs

By David Quinn

I approached the new Netflix horror series, ‘Midnight Mass’, with a certain amount of trepidation. It’s not that I expected it to be particularly gory, more that I thought it would be mediocre, and it was. I also wondered if it would be full of anti-religious and anti-Catholic stereotypes, and it certainly didn’t disappoint on...

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Irish NGOs target true human rights ahead of UN meeting

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Ireland, like almost every country in the world, appears on a regular basis before this or that UN committee to give an account of how well it is meeting its various human rights commitments. Those committees have often exceeded their briefs by demanding Ireland introduce abortion. We have done that now, so the next step...

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Government confirms tax individualisation is about putting work above home

By David Quinn

Budget 2022 increased the discriminatory effects of tax individualisation, whereby one-income married couples who earn above a certain amount pay even more in tax than their two-income counterparts than before. This can run to thousands of euro annually as we explained in a recent blog. Our argument against tax individualisation has always been that it...

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Screening for ‘defective’ children reaches a new level of sophistication

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The genetic selection of human embryos is reaching new levels of sophistication with the development of a technique called ‘polygenic screening’. Eugenics, which is breeding out the ‘defective’, is deepening its grip on our societies. The new method is a step above current screening processes that can detect conditions like Down Syndrome. Polygenic screening looks...

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Budget 2022 has made tax individualisation even worse

By David Quinn

WHEN Charlie McCreevy unveiled Budget 2000 at the turn of the century there was uproar over a measure he introduced called ‘tax individualisation’. Henceforth, one-income married couples would pay more tax than two-income married couples once they earned above a certain level. It was widely condemned as discriminatory. But after the uproar, the matter was...

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A new assisted suicide bill comes before the British parliament

A Bill to introduce assisted suicide in the UK will be debated in the House of Lords this month. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not support it, while doctors and disability rights campaigners have also criticised the Bill. Last May, Baroness Meacher introduced the Assisted Suicide Bill in the House of Lords. The Bill, which...

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State limits on religion reach a new high

By Dr Angelo Bottone

State restrictions on religion are at the highest level ever, according to a new world-wide study. The Pew Research Center, a non-partisan social science institute, has monitored religious freedom since 2007. Their latest report found that the interference of government in religious activities is at a new peak. In 2019, the last year for which...

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A harsh light is shone on the fertility industry

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Historically speaking, the fertility industry has often been like the Wild West, totally unregulated with doctors often abusing their power and the hopes of people to bring children into the world with little or no knowledge of their natural origins. The Guardian newspaper has a long article which lists many of the abuses. It is...

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Missing marriage and the baby carriage

By Dr Angelo Bottone

All around the Western world, people are marrying later or not at all. The average Irish couple is now well into their 30s by the time they tie the knot, and marriage rates in Ireland have plunged since the 1970s. A similar pattern exists in Canada, where a new study from pro-family think tank, Cardus...

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Court rules in favour of England’s pro-eugenics abortion law

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The High Court of Justice in London has rejected a legal challenge against the law that allows babies with Down Syndrome or other disabilities to be aborted up to birth. The applicants will take the case onto the Court of Appeal. Twenty-six-year-old Heidi Crowter (pictured), an advocate for people with Down Syndrome like herself, and...

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