The Iona Blog

Most atheists still believe the universe has ultimate meaning

You might think that atheists and agnostics do not believe in the supernatural but you would be mistaken. Many believe in phenomena such as reincarnation, astrology and karma and many more continue to believe in objective good and evil, and that the universe has meaning and purpose. In other words, a minority are thorough-going naturalists....

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Death of Dutch teenager was euthanasia by another name

By Dr Angelo Bottone

When 17 year old Noa Pothoven died recently in the Netherlands following a long period of mental illness, it was initially and erroneously reported that she died by lethal injection under her country’s euthanasia law. In fact, she was allowed to refuse food and hydration. This is almost as disturbing and still shows a growing...

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UN report warns against all forms of surrogacy

Both commercial and so-called ‘altruistic’ surrogacy could amount to the sale of children, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children has warned. Our Government normally likes to listen to the UN. Will it do so on this occasion? The report, presented to the UN Human Rights Council, by Ms...

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Big money to be made from pre-natal testing

By David Mullins Recent events involving the misdiagnosis of an unborn baby at Holles Street have thrust the issue of prenatal genetic testing and genetic testing in general into the public spotlight. This tragic scenario has also provided a platform for mothers and couples to share their experiences of the pressure that was placed on...

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Reflections on the divorce referendum

By Margaret Hickey

By Margaret Hickey The result of last Friday’s divorce referendum to remove the waiting time of four years from the Constitution was passed by a margin of just over four to one.  Not a surprise to anyone on either side of the argument. Ireland has been cresting a liberal wave for a number of years....

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The risk factors leading to marital breakdown

Do marriages that end in separation or divorce share certain traits, risk factors that allow us to predict which couples will stay together and which ones will not? The answer is, yes. In my previous blog I referred to the studies of Paul Amato, a sociologist of marriage from Pennsylvania State University. He pointed out...

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Inconsistencies in tests for foetal abnormality

By David Mullins The tragedy that is currently unfolding around the termination of a perfectly healthy baby who was misdiagnosed as having Trisomy 18, Edward’s Syndrome, is heart breaking. It bears stark witness to the irresponsible and dangerous sloganeering engaged in by those who campaigned for ‘Safe, Legal and Rare’ abortion without ever having properly interrogated...

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Children suffer when parents in low-conflict marriages divorce

We are in the middle of a referendum right now on whether the waiting time required before a couple can divorce should be removed from the Constitution. It therefore seems a good time to look at the general issue of divorce, and in particular on what makes a person file for divorce. You might think...

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Facebook censors our new ‘still one of us’ ad campaign

Facebook has censored our new ‘still one of us’ ad campaign which we launched last week. It has been placed behind a notice of warning and we are no longer allowed us to promote it. The campaign is currently running on a number of billboards in various parts of the country and we had extended...

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Irish Times is too complacent about marriage in Ireland

By David Quinn

“The institution of marriage in Ireland is in pretty good health”, the Irish Times told us on Monday in an editorial that warned against complacency about the passage of the divorce referendum on May 24th. As for that, it will pass in a canter, but is marriage in Ireland “in pretty good health”? That is...

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