About the Iona Institute

The Iona Institute promotes the place of marriage and religion in society. Our starting point in debates about the family is that all children deserve the love of their own mother and father whenever possible. We believe in publicly-funded denominational schools. We also promote freedom of conscience and religion.

The Iona Institute is headed by religious and social affairs commentator, David Quinn.

How our tax system penalises families today 

A new paper from The Iona Institute shows that families today are massively penalised by the tax system compared with families in the past.

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Oxford pro-life debate cancelled after threat of protest

Oxford’s Christ Church College has voted to cancel an abortion debate organised by a pro-life student group, after a planned protest was said to threaten security. Christ Church College’s JCR, or student union, retracted permission to host the debate, which was due to feature journalists Tim Stanley and Brendan O’Neill speaking for and against the motion, “This House believes Britain’s Abortion Culture Hurts Us All”, claiming that a threatened protest from a Facebook group called "What the F**k is 'Abortion Culture’?" made the event a security risk.
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Children have a right to a mother and father, Pope says

Children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, Pope Francis has told an interfaith conference on marriage held at the Vatican. “Family is an anthropological fact — a socially and culturally related fact,” the Pope said. “We cannot qualify it based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history. We can't think of conservative or progressive notions. Family is family.” “Marriage and family are in crisis,” he said, with the “culture of the temporary” dissuading people from making the “public commitment” of marriage.
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David Quinn talks surrogacy with Newstalk's Moncrieff

Iona Institute Director David Quinn was on Newtalk’s Moncrieff programme last week talking about surrogacy. In a long interview, Moncrieff and Quinn discussed the differences between surrogacy and gamete donation on the one hand and adoption on the other. Quinn asked Moncrieff to consider some of the unintended consequences that could come about through legislation for assisted reproductive technologies: he pointed out that it would be perfectly possible for a single man to commission a child through egg donation and surrogacy.
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Recent and Upcoming Events

Oct
23

Church of Mercy, Church of Standards

Our most recent event dealt with the topic ‘Church of Mercy or Church of Standards?’ At present there is a debate in the Catholic Church about the meaning of mercy. This has been prompted by the emphasis Pope Francis has been placing on mercy, and also by prominence of the topic in the lead-up to the Synod on the Family in Rome.

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June
17

The Meaning of Religious Freedom

Our next talk will be delivered by the Catholic bishop of Limerick, Dr Brendan Leahy. His topic will be ‘The Meaning of Religious Freedom’. This talk is particularly topical in view of the pressures on religious organisations such as schools and hospitals to conform to values that are often alien to Christianity.

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