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Exploring the link between family breakdown and anti-social behaviour

Exploring the link between family breakdown and anti-social behaviour

When we see reports about anti-social behaviour and criminality – for example, the ramming of a garda car in Dublin this week – no-one ever explores whether there might be a link with family breakdown. It would be surprising if this was not sometimes the case. Plenty...

Why Governments should pay more attention to family stability

Why Governments should pay more attention to family stability

Almost half of children born in the UK in 2000 did not grow up with both of their biological parents throughout their childhood, according to a new report by the Children’s Commissioner, Rachel de Souza. This is because so many are born to lone parents, or else see...

Pre Rally for Life talk with Dr Dermot Kearney

Pre Rally for Life talk with Dr Dermot Kearney

The Rally for Life will take place in Dublin on the 2nd July and, for this occasion, Family Solidarity has organised a special pre-rally talk with Dr Dermot Kearney. Dr Kearney has saved dozens of babies in England, helping their mothers who had taken an abortion pill...

Marriage in Ireland continues its decline

Marriage in Ireland continues its decline

New figures from the Central Statistics Office throw light on the changing nature of marriage in Ireland. The number of marriages went up in 2021, however, it hasn’t reached the pre-Covid levels.  Many Catholic weddings were postponed last year but they are the most...

A landmark victory for a pro-life doctor

Dr Dermot Kearney is an Irish physician working in England. Through use of the Abortion Pill Reversal  (APR) treatment, he has saved at least 20 babies who would otherwise have been lost to abortion. Abortion provider, Marie Stopes International, made a complaint...

The poor state of marriage across the EU

The poor state of marriage across the EU

Ireland had one of the lowest marriage rates in Europe in 2020, according to new data from Eurostat. This was the year Covid emerged, so marriage rates dropped everywhere, but Ireland was particularly bad, and the rate was already low. Figures from Eurostat show that...

Rosary and get together

Rosary and get together

Rosary and get together for families. Sunday 15th May, at 3.00 pm in Dublin 4. For more info contact familysolidarityireland@gmail.com

FAFCE Board: Families and family associations, builders of peace

FAFCE Board: Families and family associations, builders of peace

Vác, 6 May 2022 FAFCE Board gathered in the city of Vác (Hungary), from the 4th to the 6th of May. These three days meeting represents an important moment of dialogue for Catholic Family Associations in Europe, during which the main guidelines of their action at the...

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CALL FOR DONATIONS to support Ukrainian families

CALL FOR DONATIONS to support Ukrainian families

Following last week's FAFCE appeal for peace in Ukraine, our Members and Partner Associations wish to commit concretely to support Ukrainian families fleeing the war. Indeed, as associations of European families, we feel the responsibility to support our brothers and...

New law will allow use of gametes from a deceased person

New law will allow use of gametes from a deceased person

The new assisted reproduction legislation will allow the use of sperm or eggs from a deceased person. Fatherless children will be created intentionally. The Irish government has approved the publication of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2022 that will legislate...

Religious practice makes us happy

Religious practice makes us happy

Religious practice makes us happy, says Laurie Santos who teaches classes on the psychology of happiness at Yale University. In an interview with the New York Times magazine, the popular cognitive scientist discusses what contributes to our happiness and, among other...

The Synodal Pathway in Ireland

The Synodal Pathway in Ireland

Here below you can find the recording of the webinar on "The Synodal Pathway" organised by Family Solidarity on February 3rd 2022. The slides used by Dr Brady and Bishop Leahy can be downloaded here.

Webinar on “The Synodal Pathway”

Webinar on “The Synodal Pathway”

Family Solidarity invites you to a webinar on “The Irish Synodal Pathway” with Bishop Brendan Leahy (Bishop of Limerick) and Dr Nicola Brady (Chair of the Steering Committee). Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 7.00 pm on Zoom. Request link by email...

The female victims of anti-Christian persecution

The female victims of anti-Christian persecution

In many countries, Christian women and girls suffer abduction, rape, forced conversion and forced marriage, according to a new report. But social stigma and fear of reprisal from perpetrators keep their stories mostly unheard. The “Hear her cries: Kidnapping, forced...

Family and Synodality: a call for participation

Family and Synodality: a call for participation

  The synodality is a call for mutual listening between all the members of the Church, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Encouraged by the opening of the Synod, family associations wish to become protagonists of the synodal movement initiated by Pope Francis. In...

Webinar: The Synodal Church of the 21st century

Webinar: The Synodal Church of the 21st century

On 14th October, Family Solidarity hosted a webinar with Jason Osborne, journalist with the Irish Catholic. The title of the talk was "The Synodal Church of the 21st century: a young, married man's prespective". A recording of the webinar can be watched...

Webinar: What should we expect from the Synod?

Webinar: What should we expect from the Synod?

Family Solidarity webinar: What should we expect from the Synod? Speaker: Jason Osborne 14th October 2021 at 7.30 Pm (Irish Time) on Zoom Request link by email to familysolidarityireland@gmail.com Jason Osborne is a journalist with The Irish Catholic newspaper. Before...

Our newsletter n. 93 is now available. You can find it here.

Day for Life 2021

Day for Life 2021

Day for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. This year’s Day for Life will be celebrated in...

Missing marriage and the baby carriage

Missing marriage and the baby carriage

All around the Western world, people are marrying later or not at all. The average Irish couple is now well into their 30s by the time they tie the knot, and marriage rates in Ireland have plunged since the 1970s. A similar pattern exists in Canada, where a new...

Religion had positive effect on mental health during lockdown

Religion had positive effect on mental health during lockdown

The benefits of religion to mental health are well documented and its positive impact during the pandemic has been confirmed by a number of recent studies. Covid-19 has had a profound effect on our lives. Significant moments such as baptisms, first communions,...

Ireland’s rising number of divorces will harm children

Ireland’s rising number of divorces will harm children

There was a huge increase of applications for divorce last year. It was the highest number since divorce was introduced in 1997. There are many reasons why we should be worried about it, not least because children affected by parental divorce have a higher risk of...

Assisted suicide Bill was too flawed to continue

Assisted suicide Bill was too flawed to continue

The Private Member’s Bill to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia, proposed by Deputy Gino Kenny, has been rejected by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice as it contains serious flaws and it was criticised by the majority of the public submissions,...

Ireland’s abortion rate increased last year

Ireland’s abortion rate increased last year

A total of 6,577 women had an abortion in Ireland in 2020, according to a report presented today by the Department of Health. That is slightly down on the figure of 6,666 in 2019, but the ratio (number of abortions per live births) is up, because fewer women became...

Why Europe needs a common day of rest

Why Europe needs a common day of rest

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Sunday was considered a day of rest. But now, like every other day of the week, it has basically been captured by the demands of commerce. So there is no longer a communal day of rest in a lot of countries. This needs to change....

Major new Irish study finds family structure matters

Major new Irish study finds family structure matters

One of the great taboos in modern Irish debate is pointing out that family structure matters, and makes a difference to the lives of children. Such a declaration is considered to be offensive and judgemental. But suppose it is true, and suppose certain family...

Saint Joseph and his role in the family

Saint Joseph and his role in the family

The Holy Father has designated the year from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021 as the Year of Saint Joseph. Family Solidarity hosted a Webinar on the 13th March 2021 featuring Father Jesse Maingot O.P. who talked on Saint Joseph in his role in the family....

Being a mother is the best gift

Being a mother is the best gift

MOTHERHOOD IS THE BEST GIFT Women of the World Platform and the undersigning entities declare that: 1.- Motherhood is the best gift not only for a woman and her family but for the whole society that should rejoice with motherhood, respect it, support it and celebrate...

Upcoming webinar: The family as antitode to loneliness

Upcoming webinar: The family as antitode to loneliness

On the 13th May, the Federation of Catholic Family Associations will host a Webinar entitled ‘The Family: antidote to loneliness, beyond the pandemic’. Loneliness is a deep disease of our era, as prophetically announced by Pope Francis shortly before the beginning of...

Racial equality report highlights importance of traditional family

Racial equality report highlights importance of traditional family

A constant theme of The Iona Institute, indeed one of the chief reasons it was founded, is to point out that family structure matters, and specifically that when mothers and fathers raise their children together, the children are likely to do better in life. A major...

Law Society blasts Ireland’s family law courts as “third world”

Law Society blasts Ireland’s family law courts as “third world”

The chair of the Law Society’s Family and Child Law Committee, Helen Coughlan, has said that Ireland has been left with “third world infrastructure” in the family courts and that urgent investment is needed to prevent children and vulnerable people from paying the...

Less than one in five people want to put children in day-care

Less than one in five people want to put children in day-care

On a regular basis, there are calls for the Irish State to invest more in day-care so that parents can afford to go out to work. The underlying assumption all the time is that this is something most parents want. This is a highly dubious proposition. In 2013, The Iona...

Webinar on Saint Joseph

Webinar on Saint Joseph

The Holy Father has designated the year from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021, as the  Year of Saint Joseph. Family Solidarity will host a Webinar on the 13th March 2021 featuring Father Colm Mannion O.P.  who will Talk on Saint Joseph in his role in the family....

Five Ideas for Strengthening a Pandemic-Stressed Marriage

Five Ideas for Strengthening a Pandemic-Stressed Marriage

Last year about this time, my husband and I were eagerly anticipating a weekend away at the Worldwide Marriage Encounter renewal retreat that we’ve attended for the past three years with about 100 other married couples. At the end of February, my mother traveled up...

How the 8th amendment saved hundreds of babies with Down Syndrome

How the 8th amendment saved hundreds of babies with Down Syndrome

Thanks to prenatal screening, far fewer babies with Down Syndrome are being born than was once the case. A recent study shows that across Europe as a whole, the reduction is in the order of half, but in Ireland prior to the introduction of abortion two years ago, it...

Two upcoming webinars

Two upcoming webinars

On the Saturday 13th February 2021 at 11 am (Irish Time)  we will host a webinar  featuring the President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations of Europe,  Vincenzo  Bassi and the immediate Past President  Antoine Renard who will describe  the Federation's...

In 2021, go to Joseph!

In 2021, go to Joseph!

A year of graces After the experience of 2020, many people are wondering what to expect in this year beginning. Of course we cannot tell what the future holds, but we can be sure that this year will be a time of many and great graces since the Holy Father has declared...

A protest letter to the RTE Complaints Department

A protest letter to the RTE Complaints Department

This is the text of the letter sent by our chairman to the RTE Complaints Department   Dear Sir/Madam We refer to the NYE Countdown Show fronted by Kathryn Thomas and Deirdre O'Kane broadcast on 31/12/2020 that contained two items described as 'Waterford...

How lockdown has broken some marriages and improved others

How lockdown has broken some marriages and improved others

The lockdown has not worsened marriage, according to a new study. Fewer parents than before reported that they were considering divorce and 20pc said that their relationship has improved. What is the effect of the lockdown on marriage and relationships? When it began...

Oppose Child Euthanasia

Oppose Child Euthanasia

The Netherlands Minister of Health, Hugo de Jonge, announced on October 12 that their government will amend or re-interpret the euthanasia law to permit child euthanasia. Please sign this petition and express your opposition to child euthanasia: ...

Third webinar on euthanasia

Third webinar on euthanasia

Family Solidarity will host a third ZOOM webinar on Tuesday 1st December at 7.30 pm (Irish time) Léopold Vanbellingen of the European Institute of Bioethics (IEB) in Brussels will give a talk on Euthanasia in Belgium and Netherlands: How the slippery slope is turning...

A new campaign to expand the grounds for abortion in Ireland

A new campaign to expand the grounds for abortion in Ireland

The Irish abortion law is to be reviewed next year and the campaign to expand its grounds has already started. A recent newspaper article presented the tragic story of an unborn baby who had received a diagnosis of a chromosome abnormality. As this diagnosis fell...

Gene Editing and Planned Personhood

Gene Editing and Planned Personhood

The specter of “planned personhood” crops up again and again throughout science fiction, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Star Trek’s “Eugenics Wars.” Genetic engineers in such stories are morally compromised at best, depraved at...

Family is the heart of the post-pandemic recovery

Family is the heart of the post-pandemic recovery

FAFCE held today its bi-annual Board Meeting, gathering representatives of Members Associations from all over Europe. Sharing the same concerns for the future of Europe after the pandemic, FAFCE Members adopted a Resolution on “Family is the heart of the post-pandemic...

How ‘science’ was used to victimise unmarried mothers

How ‘science’ was used to victimise unmarried mothers

In Ireland in the past, unmarried mothers and their children were harshly treated as a result of a potent brew of Victorian values and a strict application of Catholic morality. But as we will see, in other countries such as Britain and Sweden, the ‘science’ of...

Euthanasia’s Slippery Slope in Netherlands Set to Snare Children

Euthanasia’s Slippery Slope in Netherlands Set to Snare Children

The Euthanasia Act of the Netherlands provides that a doctor who performs euthanasia, or assists in suicide, cannot be prosecuted and punished if he meets a number of due care requirements. He must verify that the request is voluntary and durable. Furthermore, the...

Webinar: ASSISTED SUICIDE, EUTHANASIA AND DYING WITH DIGNITY

Webinar: ASSISTED SUICIDE, EUTHANASIA AND DYING WITH DIGNITY

Family Solidarity hosted an on line ZOOM webinar on ASSISTED SUICIDE, EUTHANASIA AND DYING WITH DIGNITY On Thursday 15th October at 19.30 (Irish time)  Dr Noreen O’Carroll presented a paper on the above topic and it was followed by a discussion with a panel which...

Once euthanasia is introduced, the grounds always expand

Once euthanasia is introduced, the grounds always expand

Last night the Dáil voted in favour of moving Gino Kenny’s assisted suicide bill past the second stage of the legislation process, and to committee stage. Several senior Government figures voted in favour of it including Leo Varadkar, Helen McEntee, Stephen Donnelly...

Dail rushes to embrace assisted suicide

Dail rushes to embrace assisted suicide

On the 2nd October the Dail debated Gino Kenny’s assisted suicide bill. But it wasn’t a debate because only one TD opposed to the bill was allowed to speak, namely Peter Fitzpatrick, and he was given only four minutes. In other words, 71 out of the 75 minutes allotted...

Why leading doctors oppose assisted suicide

Why leading doctors oppose assisted suicide

A Private Members’ Bill seeking to permit assisted suicide will be debated in the Dáil next week. It is proposed by Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny. The last time when this issue was discussed in Leinster House, three years ago, some of the strongest...

Assisted Suicide Bill introduced in the Dail is fatally flawed

Assisted Suicide Bill introduced in the Dail is fatally flawed

A Private Members’ Bill permitting Assisted Suicide has been introduced to the Dail today by Gino Kenny TD. Some media reports say the Bill has strong safeguards and is limited in scope. This is totally false. Its definition of ‘terminal illness’ is incredibly broad,...

Assisted suicide is incompatible with human dignity

Assisted suicide is incompatible with human dignity

The debate about assisted suicide is heating up in Ireland again with a Private Member’s Bill due to come before the Dail that seeks to permit the procedure under certain circumstances. At the core of this debate is the very dangerous assumption that death by a form...

The Pope’s Prayer intention for July 2020

The Pope’s Prayer intention for July 2020

The family ought to be protected. It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress… Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all...

6666 abortions performed in Ireland last year

6666 abortions performed in Ireland last year

By Dr Angelo Bottone We now know how many women had an abortion in Ireland last year; 6666. If you add in the 375 women who went to England for an abortion in 2019, despite our new law, it adds up to 7,041, a horrible figure. The official figures were published today....

Marriage in Ireland continues its decline

Marriage in Ireland continues its decline

Marriage continues to change and decline in Ireland as the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show. Fewer marriages are taking place, fewer are taking place in churches, more are taking place between people who were married before and are now divorced,...

Programme for Government will ban pro-life vigils outside hospitals

Programme for Government will ban pro-life vigils outside hospitals

The newly agreed Programme for Government includes a commitment to impose ‘exclusion zones’ which would stop even silent pro-life vigils outside hospitals and GP surgeries where abortions take place or are facilitated. This is an extreme measure and, as a national...

Getting the facts right about reversing effects of abortion pills

Getting the facts right about reversing effects of abortion pills

This week an article attacked Irish doctors who offer medical assistance to women who have taken abortion pills and then changed their minds before the effects were final. The article contains a number of claims that need to be challenged. A chemical abortion consists...

Global Day of Parents: Honouring Motherhood and Fatherhood

Global Day of Parents: Honouring Motherhood and Fatherhood

Brussels, 1st June 2020 On the Global Day of Parents, FAFCE recalls the importance of motherhood and fatherhood and asks to recognise their fundamental roles during the current pandemic. “The parents – FAFCE’s President, Vincenzo Bassi, said – are those who take the...

Ukraine human rights boss criticises country’s surrogacy industry

Ukraine human rights boss criticises country’s surrogacy industry

The practice of foreigners using the Ukraine as an international surrogacy destination as come under fire as 51 babies born to surrogate mothers lay uncollected due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Clients from all over the world including the United States,...