While the Roman Catholic ceremony was still the most popular choice among opposite-sex couples, the 2018 report shows that civil marriage ceremonies accounted for 62.8 per cent of same-sex marriages and 28.7 per cent of opposite-sex marriages.
Iona Institute says parents’ wishes must be front and centre of any revision as it is their children who are being taught and parents are the primary educators.
According to the Iona Institute's analysis of Census 2016, 6 per cent of professional workers were separated or divorced compared with 18 per cent of unskilled workers.
“In accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution, President Higgins today signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, and it has accordingly become law.”
Less than a quarter of Irish Catholic teenagers surveyed were able to correctly name the Trinity as “Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, says survey author.
The PLC has prepared a ready-to-go e-card calling on politicians to ensure that freedom of conscience rights for all healthcare workers are properly protected in the new legislation.
The new General Scheme narrows the scope of conscientious objection, gives a more limited definition of viability post birth, and extends the demarcation of ‘fatal foetal abnormality’ for several weeks past birth.
But they affirm it is “vital to ensure that the rights of individuals and communities to practise and live out their faith openly are protected by law”.
“No doctor doing their job properly would wait until there is an immediate and critical threat to a pregnant woman’s life before acting to protect the woman. The Eighth Amendment does not stop me from doing my job.”
The very purpose of the referendum from the government’s point of view is to allow it to legislate for abortion – Maria Steen on behalf of the Iona Institute.
“In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy no medical reason for abortion whatsoever need be offered. Perfectly healthy women will be aborting perfectly healthy babies. How is this ‘healthcare’?" - Maria Steen.
This ruling makes the forthcoming referendum more important than ever, according to the Iona Institute, which said that the Eighth Amendment is now the “only constitutional protection” that children have before birth.
"It has become increasingly clear that the process of the Committee has been so arranged as to reach a pre-set decision without balanced consideration of any evidence that runs contrary to this pre-determined outcome” - Patricia Casey.
“There is now clear evidence that this genocide includes assassinations of Church leaders; mass murders; torture; kidnapping for ransom in the Christian communities of Iraq and Syria; sexual enslavement and systematic rape of Christian girls and women; forcible conversions to Islam; destruction of churches, monasteries, cemeteries, and Christian artifacts; and theft of lands and wealth from Christian clergy and laity alike.”
Our faith has a lot to say about the nihilism and despair of a throwaway culture that has driven young people to self-destruction. Our Church’s teachings would seriously question such a limited view of individual rights that would dispute the equality of life of a mother and her unborn baby.
“The fact that neither one of the couple has a biological relationship with the child was decisive. It was on this ground that the court has now decided they are not a family under the Convention.”
“The threat of the Culture of Death is now real and imminent ... in the form of population control measures being emphatically proposed, promoted and propagated from one nation to the next.”