Downloads ~ Recent Talks

How Surrogacy Harms Human Dignity: a Talk

Hear a fascinating and in-depth talk by Jennifer Lahl on the history of surrogacy, the industry that services it, and the victims it has left in its wake. The talk was hosted by The Iona Institute. Jennifer is the founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network(CBC) in California. She has 25...

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The Genocide of Christians in the Middle East: a talk

Christians and other religious minorities in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq are being subjected to ferocious persecution for their beliefs. They have been killed, enslaved, sexually abused and driven from their homes. In April, John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need addressed a joint meeting of The Iona Institute and Aid to...

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Pope Francis and the future of the family: an Iona Institute/Irish Catholic conference

In January, the Iona Institute and the Irish Catholic newspaper held a conference called ‘Pope Francis and the Future of the Family’. It was a reflection on the two Synods on the Family that took place in Rome in 2014 and 2015 and which led to the Apostolic Exhortation, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in April. The keynote...

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‘How should a Catholic think about politics?’: a talk by Bishop Kevin Doran

In February the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran delivered a talk called ‘How should a Catholic think about politics? In it, he said he found it “very difficult to see how any Catholic could, in good conscience, vote for a candidate or a political party whose policy it is to legalise abortion”. He listed the areas...

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Aggressive Secularism: lessons from Scotland

Professor Tom Gallagher discusses aggressive secularism in Scotland and wonders if there are lessons for Ireland in the Scottish experience. He describes Scotland as a ‘one-ideology State’.  The text of his talk can be found here. A video of the talk is here and the Q & A session following the talk is here. Professor...

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The Alleged Conflict between Faith and Science

Priest and physicist Fr Andrew Pinsent spoke to the Iona Institute in February 2013 about the mistaken view that science and religion are in conflict.

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John Waters on the Abolition of God

John Waters addressed the Iona Institute in the Davenport on Wednesday 12th December 2012 on the subject Abolition of God.

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David Quinn’s talk to the IEC: The Changing Irish Family: for better or worse?

David Quinn spoke to the International Congress in June 2012 on the changing face of the Irish family, and what it means for Irish society.

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Fr Michael Drumm on the rights of denominational schools

The Chair of the Catholic schools Partnership, Fr Michael Drumm spoke to the Iona Institute on the subject of denominational schools. Fr Drumm said that some of the preliminary recommendations of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism could have the effect of badly undermining the ethos and identity of denominational schools.

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Henk Vos on the Dutch experience of denominational schooling

Mr Henk Vos, a member VGS an organisation which supports boards and directors of Christian schools in the Netherlands, spoke to the Iona Institute about the Dutch experience of faith schools. Mr Vos explained how in the Netherlands two-thirds of primary schools are Church-run and State-funded and enjoy a high degree of autonomy. The result,...

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