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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.

The news came in the same week as the UNFPA said it was to remove its name from a controversial sex
guide for pre-teens sponsored by another UN body, UNESCO.

The conference on "sexual and reproductive rights" sponsored by UNFPA and the German government featured sessions focusing on training activists to agitate for more money from countries and foundations, pressuring governments to provide sex ed and abortion, and training youth to advocate for abortion and sexual rights.

Materials entitled "Ensuring Women's Access to Safe Abortion" and "I Need an Abortion" were distributed to attendees.

Thoroya Obaid, Director of UNFPA, told the conference "Unlike us at the UN who are held accountable by intergovernmental mechanisms, you as NGOs have more freedom and space to push the agenda ahead."

The New York Times reported last week on a UNESCO sex ed guide that advocates teaching 5 - 8 year olds about masturbation, ages 9 - 12 about abortion and orgasms, and by age 15 about "advocacy to promote the right to and access to safe abortion."

CNSNews.com broke the story on UNESCO releasing the "International Guidelines on Sexual Education" in June with UNFPA. Facing public criticism over the guide, UNFPA told the New York Times it will remove its name from the publication.

The "age-appropriate" framework is identical to guidelines from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). One of the authors is a former employee of SIECUS.

A statement released at the end of the conference told countries to provide abortions through public health systems.

It also told them to guarantee “sexual and reproductive rights as human rights" and to "Eliminate parental… and age restrictions” for youth to access “the full range of sexual and reproductive health information and services.”

The statement also told national governments to increase funding for non-governmental organizations to expand advocacy.

Samantha Singson, a lobbyist with C-Fam, a Catholic human rights body, stated, "In the same week that UNFPA backtracked on putting its name on the sex ed manual, it trained activists to demand ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ and access to abortion for all youth."

Wendy Wright, a spokeswoman for Concerned Women of America, who attended the conference, said, "UNFPA tells people to 'create a need' for reproductive health care. Now we can see that UNFPA creates the need for abortion, HIV/AIDS treatments and other health care by teaching kids as young as five to be sexually active."

08/09/09

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.

28/08/09
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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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