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What’s left of the Father Figure?

One of the questions we can’t afford to ignore is what remains of fathers in today’s society. The father figure is disappearing little by little from our social, cultural, and perhaps even anthropological universe. Fathers today seem to flee from the centrality of their original mission: to serve as guides for their children, for a long-term life plan.

This was the central theme of a recent debate in Milan, which saw the participation of a pyscoanalyst, Massimo Recalcati, a university professor, Franco Nembrini, and a comedian, Giacomo Poretti (from the trio, Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo). The title, How Difficult it is to be a Father (Come è difficile essere padri), highlighted the marginality, and the fragility, of the paternal figure in today’s society. Renowned Italian psychoanalyst, Massimo Recalcati, emphatically declared that “we are in the era of an irreversible decline of the father”. He tried to identify the keys to such a loss in an open dialogue with the other speakers.

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An Unending Spiral: The Price Bitter of Divorce
 An Analysis of the Documentary “Divorce Corp” by Stephen Sorge

It is an almost desperate cry, a warning perhaps the last call before a definitive catastrophe. It is a terrible vision of a reality that, unfortunately, many are condemned to experience. This is the purpose served by the documentary Divorce Corp, directed by Joseph Sorge. The divorce business is the topic of this bluntness yet realistic full-length film, populated by a series of postmodern characters who are afflicted by a series of circumstances they were unprepared to face.

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Men struggle with porn addiction, some women want to feed it

Good news and bad news about one of the greatest evils of the 21st century. There is good news and bad news about pornography this week.

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The Eskimo Family: Nanook Revisited

 The Eskimo Family: Nanook Revisited

One of my top movies is Robert J. Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (1922). I conside...

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Global Sexual Revolution and Gender Ideology. An Enlightening Book

Global Sexual Revolution and Gender Ideology. An Enlightening Book

Gabriele Kuby, The Global Sexual Revolution. Destruction of Freedom in the Name o...

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From Sailor Moon to The Winx Club, how tv programmes have changed in the last 15 years

From Sailor Moon to The Winx Club, how tv programmes have changed in the last 15 years

Back in the 90s there was a popular cartoon series called Sailor Moon .

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The tablet or the table? Conviviality according to Steve Jobs and Fabrice Hadjadj

The tablet or the table? Conviviality according to Steve Jobs and Fabrice Hadjadj

It’s more than right that Steve Jobs and Apple reduce conviviality (from the Lat...

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The Elderly Portrayed in the Italian Press

The Elderly Portrayed in the Italian Press

A study, carried out by myself at the Communications Department of the Pontifica...

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After 25 years of psycho-social studies, what do we know about the effects of horror films?

After 25 years of psycho-social studies, what do we know about the effects of horror films?

For parents and educators, one of the greatest concerns when choosing audio-visu...

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Mercy and forgiveness: the roots of the family

Mercy and forgiveness: the roots of the family

The overly-emotional nature of contemporary society, demonstrated throughout mas...

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The Aristocats: Mom and Dad Still Exist, at Least in Cartoons

The Aristocats: Mom and Dad Still Exist, at Least in Cartoons

Once upon a time, there were three little kittens named Marie, Berlioz and Toulo...

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Introducing I Need, the app helping the needy

Introducing I Need, the app helping the needy

With the seemingly endless array of apps avaliable nowdays, it is difficult to kno...

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The Specialness of Raising a Down's Syndrome Child

The Specialness of Raising a Down's Syndrome Child

Being born into large families has strongly shaped the life perspectives of Carmen...

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Publications and Documents

pdf-icoMessage of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 49th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe love that brings new life into the world” – Rabbi Sacks on the institution of marriage.
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pdf-icoIt’s a synod on the family, remember?
Divorce, annulments, and contraception certainly have their impact on family life, but surely it is a negative one.

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pdf-icoCreative Language: Decoding, Reframing and Defending Concepts of Human Identity
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pdf-icoFamily or Families?
Towards a better understanding of Humanization and Generativity
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pdf-icoSocial Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe Familiaris consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) thirty years later
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna. Bologna, AMBER Association, 22 January 2012.
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pdf-icoFamily relationships, how they are presented in the media, and virtual relationshipsNorberto González Gaitano (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross).Giovanni Spadolini’s Hall. Senate of the Italian Republic.International Day of the Family, May 13, 2011.
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pdf-icoThe secret of brands. What’s hidden behind the communication of fashion: real needs or only emotive suggestions?The new edition of What’s left of the media by Gianfranco Bettetini and Armando Fumagalli (Quel che resta dei media; Franco Angeli, Milan) has recently hit bookstores.
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of John Paul II for the 38th World Communications Day (2004)
"The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness ."
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Communications Day (2009)
"New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship."
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