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Cardinal Brady calls on EU to remember its Christian heritage

Cardinal Sean Brady has told TDs and senators that the EU must not deny its Christian heritage. The Primate of All Ireland spoke of the growing scepticism among Catholics at the direction the EU was headed with regard to social issues and bio-ethics as he made his first official appearance in the Oireachtas.

07/11/08
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Cardinal flags legal challenge to civil union Bill

Cardinal Sean Brady has indicated that the bishops may mount a constitutional challenge to the Government’s planned civil union Bill for same-sex couples.

07/11/08
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Five per cent of children now live in cohabiting households: CSO

There are now 74,465 children living with cohabiting couples according to the Statistical Yearbook produced by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). This amounts to five per cent of all children.

30/10/08
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Treat marriage and cohabitation differently: Iona Institute

Cohabitation must not be made the equivalent of marriage, according to the Director of the Iona Institute, David Quinn. He was responding to remarks by Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly who said last week that tax and social welfare laws treated cohabiting couples inconsistently.

28/10/08
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UK proposes compulsory sex ed for primary school

New UK Government plans to give children as young as five sex education have been slammed by family campaigners as “seriously undermining parents”. Under the controversial new scheme, pupils will get basic classes in identifying body parts in the first few years of primary school.

28/10/08
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Department of Education “U-turn” on RE in State schools

Church leaders have expressed anger at plans by the Department of Education to set aside commitments made by former Minister for Education, Mary Hanafin, to guarantee religious education in new state-controlled primary schools, the Irish Catholic has reported.

24/10/08
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Children of divorce, separation at greater risk of emotional disorder: study

Children from broken homes are almost five times as likely to suffer from emotional disorders as those whose parents stay together, new UK research shows. The findings from the UK Government's Office of National Statistics add to the mounting evidence of the damage caused by family breakdown, with experts warning things could get worse.

23/10/08
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Ireland may get opt outs in return for new Lisbon vote

A series of opt outs from the Lisbon Treaty, including opt outs on “social and ethical” may be offered to Ireland if the Government decides to run another referendum on the Treaty. The Government has agreed to consult the legal service of the EU's Council of Ministers to explore opt-outs and declarations which might enable the controversial treaty to pass in a second referendum next year.

17/10/08
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Support grows for banning same-sex marriage in California

Pro marriage advocates have seen a surge in support for a proposal to amend California's constitution and ban same sex “marriage”. Proposition 8, a state ballot initiative up for a vote on November 4, would amend the state constitution so that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognised in California”.

16/10/08
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Adoption agency flouts diocesan guidelines over same-sex adoption

A Catholic adoption agency in Lancaster will go ahead with same-sex placements in spite of warnings that it risks losing diocesan funding. The charity, Catholic Caring Services, says it will continue to be a Roman Catholic organisation while allowing homosexual couples to adopt.

16/10/08
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Growing spiritual void costing health system more, says Cardinal

A growing spiritual void in Quebec is having "grave and costly repercussions" in the public health system, according Catholic Primate of Canada, Marc Cardinal Ouellet. Quebec is the most secularised part of Canada.

16/10/08
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BBC admits “more sensitive” approach to Islam than to Christianity

The BBC have admitted that they treat Islam more sensitively than Christianity because Muslims are less integrated and more of a minority group. The organisation's Director General, Mark Thompson, made the admission on Tuesday night at an event organised by the UK religious think-tank, Theos.

16/10/08
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Human rights tribunal finds writer not guilty of Islamophobia

Canadian writer Mark Steyn has been found not guilty of Islamophobia by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. The writer and Maclean’s, the Canadian magazine for which he writes, had faced charges of "Islamophobia" in the wake of Maclean's decision to republish an excerpt from Steyn's best-selling book "America Alone."

14/10/08
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Denominational schools “still in demand”: Church of Ireland leader says

Parents have not just a legal, but a natural right to choose their children's education, according to Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Neill. Delivering his Presidential Address to the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Synods, Dr Neill said that denominational schools are still in demand and still play a vital role in Irish education.

14/10/08
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More TDs call for end to religious ad ban

Fine Gael TDs Damien English and Andrew Doyle have joined the chorus calling for an easing of the regulation on religious advertising.

10/10/08
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Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael TDs want restrictions on religious ads eased

TDs from the two main parties have joined forces to call on the Government to relax the regulation of religious ads. The call came during a Dail debate on the Broadcasting Bill.

09/10/08
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Religious ad ban attacked by Fine Gael TDs

Two Fine Gael TDs have called on the Government to ease the restrictions on religious advertising. Lucinda Creighton called the current legislation “narrow and restrictive”, while Denis Naughten, Fine Gael frontbench spokesperson on Immigration and Integration, said the current legislation lacked balance.

07/10/08
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Religious broadcasting legislation “too restrictive”, say TDs

TDs have called for a change in broadcasting legislation after the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC) banned a radio ad for Holy Communion gifts.

02/10/08
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Families are the best welfare system - Cameron

Families are “the best welfare system there is” according to Tory leader David Cameron. At his party's annual Conference in Birmingham, Mr Cameron pledged again to “back marriage in the tax system”.

02/10/08
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Human Rights Commission calls for new legislation on sex changes

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has called for legal recognition for “sex change” patients in the wake of a European legal ruling which allowed an Irish man to have his birth cert changed to describe him as a woman following an operation.

02/10/08
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