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Sexual difference central to marriage, say Bishops

Sexual differentiation is intrinsic to the sacrament of marriage, the Catholic bishops reiterated in a statement this week.

17/06/08
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Proposals for same sex unions delayed until after summer: report

Government plans to legislate for civil unions between same-sex couples are unlikely to be published before the Dáil's summer recess, according to reports.

17/06/08
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Muslim teenager awarded £4,000 over headscarf snub

A Muslim teenager has been awarded £4,000 by a UK employment tribunal after a the owner of a hair salon refused to employ her because she was wearing a headscarf.

17/06/08
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Pastor banned from speaking about homosexuality by Canadian human rights Commission

A Christian pastor in Canada who described the homosexual agenda as wicked has been found guilty of “hate speech” and banned from ever speaking or writing about homosexuality again by the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

17/06/08
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Children as young as five given material pro-gay material in class

Children as young as five have been given books with gay characters to read in class. And sixth class pupils at the same Dublin school have received detailed lessons on gay rights. Pupils at Griffith Barracks Multi-denominational School have are thought to be the first in the country given gay literature such as 'The Sissy Duckling' and 'King and King' at school.

12/06/08
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UK Government needs to start working with the Church, says Archbishop

The UK's Labour Government needs to start taking notice of the Church of England, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Speaking at the launch of a report which outlined how the Government treats different religions, he said there was a "depressing" level of misunderstanding about the important contribution played by the clergy and churchgoers to the economy and society.

11/06/08
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Prohibiting hijab will “likely result in tension"

Prohibiting the wearing of the hijab or other religious symbols which are important to minorities is "likely to result in tension with those communities where no tension existed before", according to the director of the State's advisory body on intercultural affairs, Philip Watt.

10/06/08
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Family key protection against violence, says new Church document

The family is a bulwark “against the fragmentation of society in which violence thrives,” according to the according to the Irish bishops Commission for Justice and Social Affairs (ICJSA). In a document published last week, the Commission said that family bonds provide “a sense of belonging and self-esteem that is essential for healthy living”.

10/06/08
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Restrictions on religious ads should be removed, says Senator

Senator Ronan Mullen has called for the removal of the restriction prohibiting religious publications from advertising on television or radio. He was speaking in the Seanad in a debate on the Government's proposed Broadcasting Bill.

06/06/08
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Children benefit from grandparents’ involvement, study finds

Children whose grandparents are involved in their upbringing tend to grow up happier, according to a new study.

04/06/08
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UK fathers must sign birth certs under new law

New UK legislation is set to require fathers to sign their baby’s birth certificate. The change in the law is designed to ensure that both parents are involved in a child’s life.

04/06/08
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Children ignored in debate over AHR, says donor-offspring

The interests of children produced through donor conception have been silenced in the debate over Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR), according to Joanna Rose (35), who was herself conceived via donor sperm.

04/06/08
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Official textbook for 15 year-olds in Spain attacks the Church

The Spanish organisation, Educacion y Persona, has denounced a new textbook which is part of a controversial government-sponsored course in Spanish schools called ‘Education for Citizenship for aggressively attacking the Church and supporting abortion.

03/06/08
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Catholic Bishop of Lancaster proposes way for Catholic adoption agencies

The Catholic bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Patrick O'Donoghue, has suggested a solution to the Catholic adoption agency in his diocese in response to the threat of the Sexual Orientation Regulations forcing it to close.

03/06/08
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Growing demand for Sharia-friendly finance schemes, seminar told

Representatives from Irish financial institutions have been told that there is an “urgent need” for Sharia-compliant financial services to be made available in Ireland so that Muslims living here do not infringe on their own religious teachings. Sharia is the legal code of Islam.

30/05/08
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Blair says religion will be major force in 21st century

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that religious faith “will be of the same significance to the 21st century as political ideology was to the 20th century”. He added that, in an era of globalisation “there is nothing more important than getting people of different faiths and cultures to understand each other better”.

30/05/08
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Mother freezes eggs to help daughter conceive

A UK mother of a 10 year old girl has frozen her eggs to allow her infertile daughter a chance of her own baby. The girl has a rare condition which will prevent her from ever conceiving naturally, and the mother wants to offer her own eggs to the girl because waiting lists for "stranger" donors are so long. A baby born to the girl using these eggs would be her half sibling.

29/05/08
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Marriage still popular in UK, new poll finds

Despite figures indicating a steady fall in the numbers of people getting married in the UK, marriage is still hugely popular in Britain, according to a new poll. Defying the idea that marriage is dead, a Ipsos Mori survey of 1,560 young people, conducted on behalf of UK think tank Civitas, reveals that the overwhelming majority want to get married. However, the report which contained the poll showed that marriage remained beyond the reach of lower income people.

23/05/08
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Parliament won’t remove crucifix says Quebec Premier

A proposal to remove a crucifix from above the speaker's chair in the parliament has been rejected by the Canadian province of Quebec. The Prime Minister of Quebec, Jean Charest, said the crucifix was related to 350 years of history that could not be erased.

23/05/08
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Fathers not needed says House of Commons vote

The House of Commons voted last night to remove the requirement that fertility clinics must consider a child’s need for a father.

21/05/08
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