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“Rom-coms” can harm marriage says study

Romantic comedies or ‘rom-coms’ could be destroying real life romance and harming marriage, new research claims. According to researchers at Edinburgh's Heriot Watt University, films such as Notting Hill and When Harry Met Sally are responsible for creating unrealistic expectations of relationships, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

18/12/08
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UNICEF childcare report ignores stay-at-home mothers

A new UNICEF report on childcare has said that children under one year of age ought not to be placed in childcare. The report points out a series of difficulties faced by children who are put in childcare at too young an age.

16/12/08
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Holland rethinking its liberal policies

Social decline and increased levels of crime are forcing Dutch authorities into reconsidering their noted commitment to liberal policies on legalised brothels, prostitution and soft drugs, such as ‘magic mushrooms’ and cannabis.

16/12/08
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Homosexual activist speaks out against church ad ban in North

A church advert in Northern Ireland quoting Bible texts on homosexuality should not have been banned, according to a leading homosexual rights activist.

16/12/08
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Vatican issues new document on Assisted Human Reproduction

A new Vatican document dealing with Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) has been welcomed by The Iona Institute for emphasizing the right of a child conceived via AHR to be raised by their own biological mother and father.

12/12/08
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EU Commissioner says same-sex unions should be recognised for residency purposes

The EU's Commissioner for Justice, Jacques Barrot, has told EU member states that they should recognise the same-sex unions contracted in other member states for residency purposes.

12/12/08
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EU to address voters' concerns on social and ethical concerns

A draft plan to run a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty will take account of social and ethical issues, according to a report in today's Irish Times. The report says that EU leaders are set to agree a deal which will include "necessary legal guarantees" to Ireland on "taxation policy, family, social and ethical issues” among other items, according to the report.


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Absent fathers biggest social issue, says Archbishop

The biggest family and social problem in Western society is the increasing absence of fathers, according to the Archbishop of Perth, Barry Hickey.

09/12/08
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Social and ethical concerns must be addressed before second referendum: Minister

Concerns over social and ethical issues must be addressed before any second referendum on Lisbon can be held, according to the Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche. Minister Roche told The Irish Independent that a series of “legally robust mechanisms” needed to be put in place to reassure Irish voters.

09/12/08
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PC dictionary drops Christian words to reflect “multiculturalism”

A leading children’s dictionary has ditched words relating to Christianity to make space for new terms like “MP3 player” and “Euro”.

09/12/08
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Faith being treated as “private eccentricity”, says Cardinal Murphy O'Connor

Faith in Britain is increasingly being treated by society as a “private eccentricity”, according to the head of the Catholic Church in Britain, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

09/12/08
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US bishop defends Church's role in successful marriage amendment

Both sides of the same-sex marriage debate need to treat their opposition with respect, the Archbishop of San Francisco has urged. In his diocesan newspaper, Dr George Hugh Niederauer responded to opponents of the successful campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California, reminding them that tolerance is always a "two-way street" and criticized those presuming evil motives in the opposition.

05/12/08
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Decision to ban ad “bizarre”, says Archbishop Martin

Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin has said that the ban on Catholic bookseller Veritas advertising on radio is “bizarre”.

05/12/08
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Officials missing positive impact of religion on parenting: report

UK Government officials working with families and children are failing to see the positive effect of religion on family life and parenting, according to new report.

05/12/08
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Recommendations on religious advertising made by BCI

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has suggested amendments to legislation dealing with religious advertising it has emerged.

04/12/08
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BCI decision to ban Veritas ad “farcical”: Iona

The Iona Institute has described as “farcical” the latest ban to be placed on a religious advertisement in Ireland. Their statement came as it emerged that the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has banned from radio yet another ad from religious book-seller, Veritas. The ad was for the sale of Christmas gifts.

04/12/08
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British now lonelier than 30 years ago: report

Weakened ties of family, work and community life are leading to more and more people living isolated lives, according to new UK research. The data shows that far more people today are living alone, are single and are fearful within their neighbourhoods compared with three decades ago.

02/12/08
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Vatican defends its stance on UN draft declaration

The Vatican is refusing to sign up to a draft UN declaration which would create a right to gay marriage in international law. The declaration, proposed by France, would recognise “sexual orientation or gender identity” as a protected human rights category on par with race and sex.

04/12/08
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Intention, not biology, should determine parentage, says family lawyer

The intention to be a parent rather than biological fact, ought to determine parentage where artificial reproduction is used, a leading family lawyer has said, according to a report in the Irish Times.

02/11/08
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Cohabitees much more likely to suffer domestic violence – study

Cohabitees are far more likely to experience domestic violence than married people, according to a new report. The study, Families in Ireland, reveals that, although cohabiting couples comprise only 14 per cent of all couples, 31 per cent of all domestic violence orders are issued to cohabiting partners.

02/12/08
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