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The family today

studies_01b.jpgThe Irish family is not in crisis, but neither is it in full health. So argues Fergus O’Donoghue SJ in the editorial of the spring 2008 issue of Studies, which takes as its theme ‘The family today’. ‘There are social and ideological currents that affect all of us,’ Fr O’Donoghue continues; ‘if we try to understand them, we will have a better grasp of what is happening, thus lessening our chances of being helpless and hapless victims of change.’ Many of the articles in this issue deal with matters which impact on the family in contemporary Ireland, including secularisation, multiculturalism, home stability, cohabitation, and civil unions. For more details, see the Studies website.