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New Irish government may clash with Church on key issues

Catholic World News - March 15, 2011

A new Irish government, combining forces of the Fine Gael and Labor parties, could create new challenges for Catholic political leadership.

The government is planning a constitutional convention to suggest major changes in the Irish constitution. Among the possibilities are the legal recognition of same-sex marriage and the removal of references to God that appear in the current document. The incoming government proposes to "regulate" embryonic stem-cell research, suggesting that such research would be allowed.

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