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Attack on motherhood and fatherhood will completely rewrite society says Cardinal

By Admin on 17th September 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Replacing the terms ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘parents’ is not a defence of “equality” but the start of a complete rewrite of Italian society, a prominent Italian cardinal said this week. The Cardinal Archbishop of Bologna, Carlo Caffarra (pictured) said that changing the categories of family life and genealogy could send “a real earthquake” through the social structure. Lifesitenews reports.


Chaplains threatened by same-sex marriage law

By Admin on 16th September 2013. ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion

Public sector chaplains in Scotland who disagree with same-sex marriage may face legal difficulties under plans to legalise it, a body of independent lawyers has warned. The Scottish Executive's proposed Bill to redefine marriage has no provisions for protecting freedom of conscience, the Faculty of Advocates, has said.


Doctors who perform gender-selective abortions may be privately prosecuted

By Admin on 14th September 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Two Christian groups in the UK are considering privately prosecuting two doctors who agreed to arrange abortions of baby girls purely because of their sex after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to bring charges against them. The Christian Legal Centre, which provides legal advice to its supporters, said it was preparing for a private prosecution against the two doctors who were exposed in an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph.


People from non-traditional families less likely to take part in civil society

By Admin on 13th September 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

People who grow up in non-intact families tend to have “ a significantly lower degree of participation in civil society later in life,” according to a leading European think-tank. Researchers for the Ifo Institute, one of Germany's largest economic think-tanks, examined the extent to which people who were not reared in traditional family structures become civically involved in later life.


One million people call for an end to EU funding of embryo research

By Admin on 13th September 2013. ~ Categories: Other

A European Citizens Initiative (ECI) petition calling on the European Commission to introduce legislation to suspend EU-funding of embryonic stem cell research has reached one million signatures. When Micheal Martin was Health Minister, Ireland gave its backing to EU-funding of embryo stem-cell research.


Professor Robert George appointed to major religious freedom commission

By Admin on 12th September 2013. ~ Categories:

Professor Robert George (pictured), one of America's foremost champions of religious freedom has been confirmed as the chair of the Chairman of the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He was sworn into office by the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court John Roberts on Monday.


Governments must emphasise people not the economy says President Higgins

By Admin on 12th September 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Governments and other public institutions should look at the value of people rather than economic productivity when measuring social progress, President Michael Higgins (pictured) has said. Speaking at Dublin City University last night, Mr Higgins said he strongly believed that a new approach, not focused on the markets and their values, was needed when looking at how society should be measured, the Irish Times reports.


Cohabiting mothers more likely to live below the poverty line

By Admin on 11th September 2019. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Cohabiting mothers are more likely to be living below the US poverty line than mothers living alone, according to research from the University of Virginia. Researcher Annie Rorem, from the Centre on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness, said that much US research has previously overlooked unmarried mothers who are cohabiting with partners.


Most British people no longer attach special importance to marriage

By Admin on 10th September 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Marriage is no longer seen as the foundation stone of family life by a majority of people in Britain, a major study of public opinion suggests. The belief that couples should ideally get married before starting a family has effectively collapsed within a generation, according to the British Social Attitudes survey, the longest running and most authoritative barometer of public opinion in the UK.


Parents must be allowed to name and shame social workers says judge

By Admin on 9th September 2013. ~ Categories: Other

England and Wales' leading family law judge has told social workers that the law can't be allowed to stop parents naming and shaming of social workers. Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, rejected a legal bid to ban the father of a child, known only as J, from posting information about social workers in a case which saw a baby taken from him and the mother of the child against their will.


UK abortion law called ‘meaningless’ after refusal to prosecute

By Admin on 7th September 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Britain's law on abortion, which makes it illegal to provide abortion on the basis of gender has become “meaningless”, MPs have warned, after the country’s most senior prosecutor was accused of putting doctors who agreed to arrange illegal terminations above the law. Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, described as “very dubious” the decision overseen by his successor, Keir Starmer QC, not to charge two doctors who agreed to arrange abortions of baby girls purely because of their gender, the Daily Telegraph reports.


Pace of Catholic school handover in Dublin ‘slow’ acknowledges diocese

By Admin on 6th September 2013. ~ Categories: Schools and Education,Religion and Religious Practice,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

The pace of handing some Catholic schools in the archdiocese of Dublin to new patron bodies has been a slow, a diocesan spokeswoman has told The Irish Times. Her comments follow remarks made by Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin (pictured) this week on Newstalk where he said that many parents didn't want to divest their Catholic schools to alternative patrons.


City of Venice bans the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from official forms

By Admin on 6th September 2013. ~ Categories: Other

The city of Venice in Italy has passed a law banning the terms “mother” and “father” on forms parents must fill out to gain a place for their children at publicly funded day care centres and kindergartens. The “civil rights and anti-discrimination” policy was introduced by city councilor Camilla Seibezzi, who said that such changes to language are a fundamental objective to combat stereotypes, local paper, Corriere del Veneto, reports.


Sixfold increase in marriage breakdown since 1986 says new report

By Admin on 5th September 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Marital breakdown has increased sixfold in Ireland since 1986, a new report published today by the Iona Institute has shown. In addition, there has been a huge increase in the number of children being raised outside marriage with the number now standing at over 456,000 of which 305,000 are under 18.


Schoolchildren ‘should be warned about pornography’

By Admin on 4th September 2013. ~ Categories: Schools and Education

Children should be taught about the “negative impact of online pornography” in the classroom, one of David Cameron’s main advisers has said. Claire Perry, the Conservative MP, made the call as leading charities call for an overhaul of sex education.


Labour waging “culture war” on religion in public life, says FF Education spokesman

By Admin on 3rd September 2013. ~ Categories: Schools and Education,Religion and Religious Practice,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

“Vulnerable” students are set to be the next victims of Labour's “culture war” against religious faith in public life, Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue TD, has said. He was responding to suggestions by Labour TD Aodhán Ó Riordáin (pictured) to cut the chaplaincy services from VECs and community schools.


Minister sees no need to change the law on slapping children

By Admin on 3rd September 2013. ~ Categories: Other

There is no need for the Government to change the law to ban the slapping of children, Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald (pictured) has said. She was responding to calls from a children's charity to make smacking illegal. The Children's Rights Alliance called on the Government to implement a complete ban on slapping children, claiming that such a move was needed if the Government was going to live up to its commitments under international law.


National politicians turn on Quebec plan to ban religious symbols in workplace

By Admin on 2nd September 2013. ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion

National leaders in Canada have questioned the motives behind a controversial proposal in the province of Quebec that would ban religious symbols and garb in public workplaces. The leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, said he was concerned about the implications of the law religious freedom in Quebec.


Number of births outside marriage continues to rise

By Admin on 31st August 2013 . ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

The rate of births outside marriage continues to increase, the latest Vital Statisics report shows. The report, published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office, showed there were 6,406 births registered as outside marriage in the first quarter of this year, which marked an increase of 0.6pc the first quarter of last year and an increase of 2.7pc on the first quarter of 2008.


Faith formation in Catholic schools ‘disruptive’ says Minister Quinn

By Admin on 30th August 2013. ~ Categories:

Faith formation in stand alone Catholic schools, such as preparation for Communion and Confirmation, are “disruptive” to the children of parents who do not share the Catholic faith, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has said. And he said he hoped to change traditional faith formation in such schools by next year.


Swedish family hit with huge fine for homeschooling their child

By Admin on 29th August 2013. ~ Categories: Schools and Education,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

A Swedish parent has been fined €11,000 for homeschooling his daughter even though Swedish law does not explictly ban homeschooling. Jonas Himmelstrand, author and leading campaigner for the rights of homeschooling parents, and his wife have been fined by the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court for home educating their daughter for one year, the school year 2010-2011.


Assisted suicide would put patients at risk says medical expert

By Admin on 28th August 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Any law which would allow physician-assisted suicide would put vulnerable patients at risk, a leading British medical expert has said. Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Dr Bill Noble, a senior lecturer in palliative medicine at the University of Sheffield, warned that if assisted suicide was legalised “society’s neglect of older people, poverty, and the lack of home care services will drive up demand for assisted suicide”.


Catholic schools have a continued role in society says Archbishop Martin

By Admin on 27th August 2013. ~ Categories: Schools and Education,Religion and Religious Practice,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

Catholic schools continue to have a role in Irish life, by providing young people with “pointers to what is true and just and loving,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (pictured) has said. And he said that some people were intent on blaming the Church for being “at the root of everything that went wrong in Irish society”.


Germany to include third gender option on birth certs

By Admin on 26th August 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Germany will permit parents to select a "third gender" on birth certificates for their children, should the child want to identify with a certain gender in the future. Germany is the first country in Europe to pass this type of legislation. The new law, which is to take effect throughout the country in November, will allow the parents of a child born with both male and female physical attributes, or to pick the option of "gender blank" on their birth certificate so they may choose a "male" or "female" gender later in life, the Christian Post reports.


UK police prevent assisted suicide of dementia sufferer

By Admin on 26th August 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Police have arrested two people who were planning to take a 71-year-old man, believed to have dementia, to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland. The police described the man as vulnerable, and took action because they are concerned that he may lack mental capacity.


Christian photographers must take pictures at same-sex ceremonies, court rules

By Admin on 24th August 2012. ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion

A photography business in the US state of New Mexico must photograph same-sex commitment ceremonies or stop taking wedding photographs altogether, the New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled. In a ruling on Thursday, the court held that when Elane Photography, “refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the NMHRA [New Mexico Human Rights Act] in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races,” the majority opinion states.


Abortion "not needed to save women's lives" says PLC

By Admin on 23rd August 2013. ~ Categories: Other

The Government's abortion legislation was not needed to safeguard the lives of pregnant women, the Pro Life Campaign has said. They were responding to reports in the Irish Times today that the first termination of pregnancy under the new legislation took place recently at the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street.


Washington public hospitals required to provide abortions, says AG

By Admin on 22nd August 2013. ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion

Catholic health providers who partner with hospitals under the Washington “public hospital district” and provide maternity care must continue to offer “substantially equivalent benefits” in the form of contraception and abortion services, the state's attorney general has said. Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Bob Ferguson said that, under a ballot initiative adopted by voters in 1991, a public hospital district “may not provide maternity care without abortion and birth control,” the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports.


Parents should look at benefits of having more than one child, says author

By Admin on 22nd August 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Parents should not allow themselves to be intimidated by the cost factor when it comes to having more children, a leading UK think tank has claimed. A book published by Civitas, Sticking Up for Siblings, points out that there is growing body of research showing that children with siblings tend to be healthier, happier and more well-rounded.


Catholicism in Ireland was "too close to nationalism", says academic

By Admin on 21st August 2013. ~ Categories: Religion and Religious Practice

Catholicism in Ireland was for too long characterised by conformity rather than conviction, a leading Irish American historian has said. Speaking last night to the Iona Institute, Emeritus Professor John P. McCarthy (pictured), of Fordham University, said that “much of the obedient and devout Catholicism of mid-twentieth century Ireland was attributable to an unhealthy linking of religion and nationalism”.


Thousands of children wait months to see a social worker

By Admin on 20th August 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald (pictured) has admitted that thousands of children have to wait months for social workers to look into in their cases. Many of these children could be suffering from neglect, according to The Irish Independent. The figures, disclosed by Ms Fitzgerald, show that more than 4,100 children who were assessed by the HSE as needing intervention had to wait more than three months for a social work team to get to them, the Irish Independent reports.


Marriage between a man and a woman best environment for children says bishop

By Admin on 20th August 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family,Religion and Religious Practice

Public representatives must “protect marriage and family rooted in marriage between a man and a woman as the best possible environment for the children” a Catholic bishop has said. Bishop Christopher Jones (pictured) told Elphin diocesan pilgrimage to Knock that Irish people, through the Constitution “have entrusted to the State a great responsibility when it comes to marriage and family”.


Children from larger families have lower divorce risk, says study

By Admin on 19th August 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Growing up with a large number of siblings makes people more likely to marry and cuts the odds of divorce, according to new research. The study suggests that those from bigger families learn how to cope better with conflict and to control their emotions and that the experience of never having the house to oneself may foster a distaste for being alone.


Dress boys as butterflies to tackle domestic violence, says guide

By Admin on 17th August 2013. ~ Categories: Schools and Education

Boys aged as young as three should dress as butterflies so that they won’t grow up to hit women, a taxpayer-funded guide tells childcare workers. The advice part of a guide produced by the Zero Tolerance scheme, funded by the Scottish Government, which aims to end men’s violence against women.


Government 'weakening' Protestant schools through cut-backs

By Admin on 16th August 2013. ~ Categories: Schools and Education,Religion and Religious Practice,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

The constitutional right of Protestant parents to educate their children in a school of their choice “is being slowly suppressed,” the mother of secondary school children has claimed. Writing in today's Irish Times, Julie Carr said that repeated increases in the pupil-teacher ratio in Protestant, fee-paying schools had “increased costs in individual schools so that teachers are being let go, subjects cut back and fees increased”.


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