The Iona Blog

Two wins for religious freedom at US Supreme Court

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Does a religious school have the right to employ only staff who will uphold the school’s ethos? Should a religious employer be forced to pay for contraception and the ‘morning-after pill’? In two separate rulings last week considering these matters, the US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of religious freedom. The first case concerned...

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The failure to protect our nursing homes

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Something went very wrong with Ireland’s Covid-19 policy for nursing homes. Five months from the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, the failure of the health authorities to properly protect the care homes has become evident. It is now clearer than ever that the needs of nursing homes and their residents were placed behind those of...

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Are Irish women still buying the abortion pill illegally online?

By Jim Stack MSc PhD The first annual report on the operation of the 2018 abortion legislation was published on 30th June 2020, covering the twelve months January – December 2019. A total of 6,666 abortions are reported. Under the legislation, a standard reporting form for each abortion is supposed to be completed and forwarded...

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For pro-choice campaigners, ignorance about abortion is bliss

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The report on abortion presented this week by the Department of Health may have informed us that 6,666 terminations were carried out in Ireland last year (plus 375 in Britain), but aside from that, it is abysmally and purposely poor in terms of information given. It does not include typical data to allow us to...

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6666 abortions performed in Ireland last year

We now know how many women had an abortion in Ireland last year; 6666. If you add in the 375 women who went to England for an abortion in 2019, despite our new law, it adds up to 7,041, a horrible figure. The official figures were published today. If we allow for (a high estimate) that...

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Marriage in Ireland continues its decline

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Marriage continues to change and decline in Ireland as the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show. Fewer marriages are taking place, fewer are taking place in churches, more are taking place between people who were married before and are now divorced, and couples are older when they marry. Same-sex marriage is now permitted....

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China, morality, atheism and happiness

By David Quinn   Lately I’ve been reading a book called ‘Science and the Good’ which is about the failure to discover a scientific basis for morality. To cut a long story short, dispense with religion and the idea of God, then it is very hard, if not impossible, to declare that anything at all...

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Programme for Government will ban pro-life vigils outside hospitals

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The newly agreed Programme for Government includes a commitment to impose ‘exclusion zones’ which would stop even silent pro-life vigils outside hospitals and GP surgeries where abortions take place or are facilitated. This is an extreme measure and, as a national law, would be unique in Europe.The Programme includes other measures of concern (see below). For example, it promises yet another...

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Number of babies with Down Syndrome being aborted goes up

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Abortion has been legal in Ireland since January of last year so we would expect a dramatic decline in the number of women travelling from here to Britain in order to obtain an abortion. This has indeed happened. Official figures, just released, show that 375 Irish residents had an abortion in England and Wales in...

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More light thrown on religious practice in a lockdown

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Prayer and online religious practice have increased in the island of Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report. “Many faith leaders described an increase in religious practice, linked to moving online. They observed surprising numbers of people tuning in for worship services and other events, noting that people who would not have...

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