Category Archives: Family and media studies

The Family in the Social Media

On March 12-13, 2014, the Canon Law Department of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome launched theMarriage and Family Conference. The theme was “ The Anthropological Question and Evangelization of the Family”. The initiative represented a proactive contribution to the Church’s reflection on the reality of marriage and the family, after the…
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Discrimination Against Large Families?

According to recent data from the Italian National Statistics Office (Istat), there are around 800 thousand couples in Italy who have brought at least three children into the world. They think of themselves as normal, but most consider them black sheep. Some define them as saints or heroes, while they are labeled by others as…
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Family Party Open Letter “Let’s not lose our roots”

As president of Family Party, and after consulting many members, I desired to write this open letter addressed to all those already workingin family associations, but also to all those who still believe that the family is constituted by a man and a woman, the very foundation of a healthy and balanced society. At this…
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Interview with José María Corominas, President of the European Institute for the Study of Education (IEEE)

Nowadays, educating children has become a more complicated task than ever before. Other powerful educational agents have largely replaced the family and the school, with new methods of social communication booming thanks to digital technology. The young can access information, knowledge and content with practically complete autonomy, and without parental filters and mediation. In this…
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Adoptions by gay couples: ideologies aside, what about the reality?

Undoubtedly, men or women living in same-sex relationships often feel a desire to have children. It is worth listening to and understanding the suffering of those who, finding themselves in a situation of this kind, must perhaps give up the ‘dream’ of becoming parents. ‘Desires’ cannot be the only consideration when deciding whether it is…
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The Image of the Father in International Journalism

What is the image of the father in the news media? Is it relevant and, if so, from which point of view is fatherhood framed? Is it only present in crime news or is it also there in general news? What aspects are emphasized? Those moral aspects that demonstrate virtues? Or are cultural aspects highlighted…
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5 Family Life Lessons

The sudden death of US Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia in February attracted world wide attention. This attention was inevitable given the influence that US Supreme Court decisions have over moral and political matters in many democratic countries. In fact, Judge Scalia, who had been appointed by Reagan, played a key role in many of…
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The Specialness of Raising a Down’s Syndrome Child

Being born into large families has strongly shaped the life perspectives of Carmen and Guillermo, parents from the northern Spanish city of La Coruña. Carmen has three brothers while Guillermo has a healthy eight. Together, they are convinced of the enormous benefits of growing up in large families. So much is learnt – from being…
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Mercy and forgiveness: the roots of the family

The overly-emotional nature of contemporary society, demonstrated throughout mass media and exacerbated by digital technology and social networks has contributed to a loss of understanding of the “grammar” of emotions, rather than an increase in it. Almost as a consequence, learning to forgive – in both family life and work, has become a vitally important…
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