The Iona Blog

A bad day’s work at the European Court of Human Rights

By Patrick Fitzgerald

Should Muslim schoolgirls be required to attend swimming lessons with boys, against the wishes of their parents? According to the European Court of Human Rights, the answer is yes. Was that the right answer? On balance, I don’t think it was. The case involved two Muslim girls attending school in Switzerland. According to a BBC...

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Speaking about the harms of divorce is taboo in Ireland

By David Quinn

Divorce is a very tricky topic to write about it because those who have experienced divorce have experienced something very painful and feelings can be very raw. This was brought home to me again when I wrote a piece dealing with divorce for The Irish Independent last Friday. The piece was prompted by the release...

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Multiple sex partners prior to marriage makes divorce more likely says new study

By Patrick Fitzgerald

In a study reported on in the Daily Mail this week, a researcher finds that women who have had none or only one sexual partner before marriage are the least likely to divorce. Those with ten or more partners are most likely to divorce. Nicholas H. Wolfinger of the US based Institute of Family Studies is...

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If the natural ties don’t matter, then this IVF mix-up shouldn’t matter either

By Patrick Fitzgerald

According to a recent newspaper report, an IVF clinic in the Netherlands may have impregnated up to 26 women with a stranger’s sperm due to a mix-up. The question is, in an age when we are told that the natural ties don’t matter, why we should be concerned about this? As we reported in an...

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Why the birth of Christ was epoch-making

Each Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ. Even if we leave aside the claim that he was God made Man, his birth, argues David Quinn in his Irish Independent column this week, “was the start of an immense, culture-changing series of events that have resonated through history, and in almost all parts of the...

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Sofia Vergara’s very ‘modern families’ dilemma

By Patrick Fitzgerald

What is the status of a frozen embryo? This is the question at the heart of a dispute between actress Sofia Vergara (pictured), star of the hit TV show, ‘Modern Family’, and her former-fiancée Nick Loeb.  Has an embryo the rights and dignity of a human being, or should it be regarded merely as a...

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Bernadette Scully case being used to push for euthanasia

By David Quinn

There was always a danger that the trial of Bernadette Scully for the manslaughter of her severely disabled daughter, Emily, would lead to calls for euthanasia and so it has happened. The fact that Bernadette was acquitted of the charge has made no difference to this. Writing in The Sunday Independent yesterday, Donal Lynch, usually...

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Striking the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ (and nature) from family law

By David Quinn

A new law has been passed in Ontario that strikes the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from the law and replaces them with the word ‘parent’. This places a lie right at the centre of the law because every child without fail has a mother and a father or could not exist. But this is what...

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‘If only the old communists had lived to see religion in the West today’

By Patrick Fitzgerald

A conference in Vienna on the persecution of Christians worldwide earlier this month heard that Europe has shown a worrying rise in State-sponsored hostility to freedom of religion. “Concern for overt persecution should not blind us to more subtle forms of hostility and, yes, of persecution” said Gudrun Kugler, the founder of the “Observatory on...

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New poll shows subsidising day-care based on false assumptions

By David Quinn

A new opinion poll commissioned by the Iona Institute looks at people’s ideal work-life choices. It finds that most people, given the financial freedom, would not work full-time, but if also finds marked differences between the sexes, differences feminists such as our Children’s Minister, Katherine Zappone (pictured), ought to carefully note. In the recent Budget,...

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