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A number of Irish bishops believe that Irish people have become “pagan”, a report by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has said. In a summary of ACP meetings with Priests' Councils in a number of dioceses, their leadership team said many priests agreed with them that priests who had left to get married should be brought back to address the growing shortage of priests.
Lord Steel, who introduced the Bill which legalised abortion in Britain in 1967, says he is concerned that repeat abortions are being used as a form of contraception. Repeat abortions represented over one third (36 per cent) of all abortions in 2011, and that proportion is higher than the previous year, the Daily Mail reports.
Christian registrar Lillian Ladele recently lost her chance to appeal to the grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights after she was pushed out of her job for believing in traditional marriage. Back in 2003 Miss Ladele told her managers at Islington Council that, should civil partnerships ever become law, she would have a conflict of conscience based upon her Christian beliefs about marriage.
Fine Gael Oireachtas members opposed to abortion should have the same conscience rights as those who opposed the party's stance on hare coursing in the 1990s, a TD has said. Brian Walsh, TD for Galway West, has already declared that he will be voting against the Government's abortion legislation, and called for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to allow TDs a free vote.
A Catholic bishop has criticised President Barack Obama for appearing to blame sectarian divisions in the North of Ireland on denominational education. In a speech delivered in Belfast on Monday ahead of the G8 summit, President Obama suggested that separate schools for Catholics and Protestants copperfastened divisions between the two communities.
Almost nine out every ten of voters believe Taoiseach Enda Kenny should not impose a party whip on TDs unhappy with his abortion legislation, according to a new opinion poll. The finding, in a survey carried out by Amárach Consulting on behalf of Family and Life, comes amid growing calls for TDs to be allowed a free vote on the Government's abortion bill, the Irish Catholic reports.
Fathers play a vital role in holding society together, and should get more recognition, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said. The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, was speaking alongside other British religious leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, at an event held by Citizens UK, an alliance of community groups across the UK.
Pregnant women have better health outcomes in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where the laws on abortion are very restrictive compared with women in Britain, where it is freely available, according to a new study. The study, published in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons compared national health data over a period of 40 years.
A new study shows that the US media have covered stories weighted in favour of same-sex marriage five times more than they have covered statements opposing it. The survey, by the Pew Media Centre, measured the coverage of same-sex marriage in the US media from March 18th, 2013 - a week before the US Supreme Court heard arguments about the issue, to May 12th.
A stand-alone law to deal with teenage girls and children in state care who request abortions is to be introduced by the Government. The Government has ruled out introducing any amendment to its current abortion legislation to acknowledge a distinction between women over the age of 18, who have the right to refuse or consent to medical treatment, and underage girls, for whom there are no clear laws governing issues of capacity and consent, The Irish Independent reports.
A record number of children in the UK, over three million, are being raised by lone parents, and an estimated one million of these have no meaningful contact with their father, according to a new report by a leading think tank. The report, Fractured Families: Why Stability Matters, published by the Centre for Social Justice, also found that there are an additional 130,000 lone parent families since 2006.
Legislation which would oblige the US military to accomodate "actions and speech" reflecting the "conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of members of the armed services is being “strongly opposed” by the Obama Administration. Section 530 of the National Defence Authorisation Act ia an amendment introduced by Republican Representative John Fleming from Louisiana.
A mayor from the town of Arcangues in the South West of France is facing up to five years in prison and fine of up to £63,000 for declining to carry out a same-sex marriage. Jean-Michel Colo, who has been mayor for 31 years, rejected a wedding application from two men and says he stands by his decision.
Fine Gael TDs are set to demand a free vote on abortion legislation from Enda Kenny to prevent a serious split in the party. Three of Mr Kenny's TDs will almost definitely vote against the Protection of Life Bill, the Irish Independent reports.
The Pro Life Campaign has welcomed the publication of the Health Service Executive (HSE) report into the death of Savita Halappanavar. The report, published yesterday found there was inadequate assessment and monitoring to pick up the deterioration in her condition, a failure to adhere to hospital guidelines for managing sepsis and a failure to offer her all management options as she experienced inevitable miscarriage.
Catholic hospitals will not be allowed to refuse to perform an abortion on conscientious grounds, Health Minister Dr James Reilly has said. “All institutions mentioned (in the Bill) are funded by the taxpayer. We could not have a situation where a service funded by the taxpayer could deprive a citizen of their rights,” he said.
The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) criticised the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, published early this morning, for retaining a provision for terminations for suicidal women. Caroline Simons, legal advisor to the Pro-Life Campaign, said the “overwhelming weight of evidence” given by psychiatrists during the hearings on the Bill was that “this is not an appropriate treatment and they do not prescribe it for women who are suicidal”.
Local authorities are overly “suspicious” about faith groups, creating barriers to working with them on social projects, a report by MPs says. Gary Streeter MP, chair of Christians in Parliament, said: “there is an obsession about equality and political correctness that can hamper those doing the most to tackle inequality.”
The Government's abortion legislation represents “a radical change” in Irish law by allowing for the first time “the deliberate and intentional killing of an unborn child” the Catholic bishops of Ireland. In a strongly worded statement, they also accused the Government of misleading voters with claims that they had to legalise abortion because of European Court of Human Rights ruling in 2010.
President Barack Obama has dropped his administration's legal challenges to a ruling which permits girls of any age accessing the controversial Plan B morning after pill over the counter and without a perscription. The Department of Justice will no longer appeal the ruling by Judge Edward Korman of the District Court of Eastern New York that overturned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to keep the age limit of 17 on obtaining Plan B without a prescription.
Nearly half of Irish women feel that society does not value women who work in the home equally with women who do paid work, according to a new survey. The poll, carried out by Ipsos/MORI on behalf of the Irish Times, found that 43pc of women felt that Irish society valued women who work outside the home more than homemakers.
A man in Australia who claims to be neither a man nor a woman has been officially recognised by Australian authorities as ‘sexless’ on his birth certificate. Norrie May-Welby, a British expat, was born a man but had a sex change operation in 1990 when he was 28.
The introduction of divorce may have led to greater female participation in the workforce, a new paper by a leading Irish think tank suggests. The research suggests that women who felt more at risk of marital breakdown may have been more likely to take up full-time work after the introduction of divorce legislation in 1996.
Two parents who educate their children at home were fined €2,000 in court yesterday for not registering them with the State. Monica O'Connor and Eddie O'Neill, Tullow, Co Carlow, have home educated all of their six children.
The Government's proposed abortion Bill is “totalitarian” because of its failure to adequately protect the right to conscientious objection, the Conference of Religious in Ireland (CORI) has said. It said that the conscience rights of both medical professionals and legislators must be acknowledged by the Government in the drafting of the legislation and in the debate surrounding it.
The Government has decided to appeal a High Court ruling which allowed the genetic parents of children born to a surrogate mother to be named on their birth certs. In a statement, the Department of Social Protection expressed concern that the ruling “by linking motherhood exclusively to genetic connection” could affect a large number of families.
Ireland's third level Catholic colleges could disappear under Government proposals unless Church leaders take a stand, according to a leading Catholic academic. Prof. Eamonn Conway, Head of Theology at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, told The Irish Catholic that plans to streamline the country’s higher education sector could signal the end of Catholic colleges.
Politicians are obliged to follow their consciences when voting and must disregard the party whip if necessary, moral theologian, Dr John Murray, has said. He was addressing a lunchtime meeting organised today in Buswells hotel by The Iona Institute on the issue of ‘Abortion and Conscience’.
The French Government is to introduce a compulsory sex education programme for children aged six and over based on radical “gender theory” ideas. Gender theory teaches that the differences between men and women aren’t natural but are purely the result of historical and social forces.
There has been a further fall in the number of mothers in the home, according to the latest CSO figures. The latest Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) shows there were 480,000 women engaged in home duties in the first quarter of this year, down from 516,000 compared to the first quarter of last year, a fall of over 30,000.
Legalising same-sex marriage would damage the fabric of society, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has warned. It is the first time Archbishop Welby, the head of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion world wide, has intervened in the debate, the Daily Telegraph reports.
A majority of children of mothers aged 28 or less are born outside marriage, according to Central Statistics Office figures released on Friday. According to the report, in the fourth quarter of 2012, 70pc of births to 25 year olds were outside marriage, 65pc to 26 year olds and 52 percent to 27 year old.
Every child in Scotland is set to have their own state-appointed overseer under new legislation designed to promote their welfare. Critics have described the move as “dystopian” and an invasion of family privacy.
Fewer than half of Fianna Fáil TDs may end up voting with their leader Micheál Martin in support of the Government’s abortion legislation after his failure to bring the parliamentary party with him on the question. Mr Martin has granted a free vote on the legislation after a meeting of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party yesterday made it clear that most of the parliamentary party was not with him on the issue, the Irish Times reports.
Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald has blamed mistreatment of children at a number of creches on overinvestment of public resources in Child Benefit payments and therefore underinvestment in crèches. Speaking in the Seanad yesterday, she said that direct cash payments to parents, rather than investment in services, had led to the breaches in childcare standards revealed by a Prime Time report this week.
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