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Weakening marriage weakens society, Cardinal Brady says

Societies which undermine traditional marriage weaken themselves, Cardinal Sean Brady has said.

15/09/09
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Leading Constitutional expert backs Lisbon guarantees

A leading Constitutional expert who expressed serious reservations about the Charter of Fundamental Rights that is part of the Lisbon treaty has said that the guarantees secured by the Government in June will be effective in ensuring the primacy of our Supreme Court on issues relating to the family and education.

15/09/09
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Court orders homeschooling mother to send child to state school

A child in the US state of New Hampshire who has been homeschooled by her Christian mother has been ordered by a court to attend a state-run school so she can learn about other belief systems.

11/09/09
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Family to blame for gender pay gap, report says

The family is being blamed for the gap in income between men and women, in new paper published today.

11/09/09
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Proposal to give unmarried fathers new rights

Senator Rónán Mullen has welcomed new recommendations to create a statutory presumption that unmarried fathers obtain guardianship rights vis a vis their children.

10/09/09
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Church of Ireland committee welcomes Cardinal's statement on marriage

A key Church of Ireland committee has welcomed Cardinal Sean Brady's warnings on the threat posed to marriage by the Government's proposed Civil Partnership Bill.

10/09/09
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Humans "evolved" to believe in God, research indicates

Humans are ‘programmed’ to believe in God and the supernatural, scientific researchers claim.

08/09/09
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Take children out of dysfunctional families earlier: UK Barnardo's head

The head of a leading UK children's charity has said that more children should be taken aware from their parents at birth to prevent them being brought up in “completely broken” families.

08/09/09
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Canadian “hate speech” law violates free speech, Tribunal finds

A controversial law which has been used to prosecute individuals deemed to have offended minorities has been found to violate the right to free speech.

08/09/09
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Child Benefit set to be cut

The long-awaited report by the Commission on Taxation has recommended that Child Benefit should be taxed.

08/09/09
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UN conference training activists to promote sex-ed and abortion

A leading UN organisation held a conference in Berlin last week to train 400 activists to demand that countries fund and provide sex education programmes and abortions.

08/09/09
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Miss California suing in same-sex marriage row

Carrie Prejean is suing Miss California pageant officials, claiming that the state organisation discriminated against her on the basis of her religious beliefs and caused her emotional distress by stripping her of her Miss California title, her lawyer confirmed on Monday.

04/09/09
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Big increase in cocaine addiction in Ireland: report

The number of people addicted to cocaine has risen sharply since 2002, according to a new report by the Health Research Board.

03/09/09
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Drop in rate of suicide in Ireland, figures show

Ireland saw another drop in the number of suicides last year, but the country still has one of the highest levels of youth suicide in Europe, although the suicide rate as a whole is low by European standards.

03/09/09
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Lone parent benefits too high: OECD

Lone-parent welfare benefits in Ireland are too high, and do too little to improve the wellbeing of children, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

02/09/09
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New York Catholic bishops to fight same-sex marriage in court

New York's Catholic Bishops have been given the go-ahead to defend traditional marriage in court by the state's highest court. The case will examine whether New York state should recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages which have been lawfully contracted in other states.

01/09/09
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Church of England must oppose aggressive secularism, bishop says

Aggressive secularism is a major threat to traditional British society, one of the Church of England's most outspoken bishops has warned as he steps down.

01/09/09
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Married cancer patients have better survival rates than non married: study

Married cancer patients live longer than those who are divorced, separated or never married, according to a new study.

28/08/09
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Pharmacists fighting for conscience win preliminary court battle

Two pharmacists prosecuted by the US state of Illinois for conscientiously objecting to distributing abortifacient contraceptives obtained a court ruling in their favour last Friday.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is representing the pharmacists, Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog, in the case of Morr-Fitz, Inc. v. Blagojevich.

The lawsuit was launched to fight against a 2005 executive order by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich forcing pharmacists and pharmacy owners to distribute the abortifacient morning-after pill. Blagojevich defended the executive order by saying that "right of conscience does not apply to pharmacists."

The ACLJ announced the injunction as the latest victory in an ongoing effort to protect the fundamental right of pharmacists to practice their profession without having to violate their conscience.

"The Attorney General's Office has repeatedly argued that the Health Care Right of Conscience Act does not apply to the practice of pharmacy-and they have repeatedly failed," said Francis J. Manion, ACLJ Senior Counsel.

"While this is not a final decision on the merits of our lawsuit, the writing is on the wall. Our clients are entitled to run their pharmacies according to the dictates of their moral and religious beliefs. This is what the law allows; this is what the court has affirmed."

In the court's decision, Judge John W. Belz ruled that "Plaintiffs have certain and ascertainable rights under state and federal law," and that the law forcing them to distribute emergency contraceptives is causing the plaintiffs to suffer "irreparable harm in the form of an ongoing chill of their free exercise rights and rights of conscience under federal and state law, as well as unlawful coercion based on their religious and moral beliefs."

The judge went on to find that the plaintiffs "have a likelihood of success on the merits of their claims."

As a result of the injunction, the pharmacists will be permitted to refuse to dispense Plan B and other forms of emergency contraception, if doing so would violate their religious or moral beliefs.

The current case, Morr-Fitz, Inc. v. Blagojevich, seeks to ensure that pro-life pharmacy owners - not just individual pharmacists - receive the legal protection to which they are entitled under state laws as well as the U.S. Constitution.

The injunction will remain in place until a final ruling in the case is issued.

28/08/09

Family breakdown creating generation with no moral values: Tories

A leading Tory has warned that family breakdown and the devaluation of marriage has led to a generation of children with no concept of right and wrong.

27/08/09
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