Article in todays Journal (Ireland) from Matt O’connor (father 4 Justice).
Insightful article from Matt, with details on why this fathers day is not a fathers day for quite a few fathers in Ireland.
Also interesting is the position of the catholic church.
The Church has consistently refused to support the rights of separated fathers to see their children and while Pope Francis has eulogised about the role of mothers, he has repeatedly made discriminatory comments about dads.
In his 2016 papal pronouncement Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis went as far to describe fathers as “absent, missing…too controlling…they neglect families…fail to offer sure and solid guidance to their children.”
In fact, not a single priest has raised his voice to express concern for the plight of fatherless children and their dads.
Today is Father’s Day, a day to celebrate love for your dad and show him how much you care. Today, in Scotland, the border of which, by my reckoning, is a mere 382 miles from where I write this blog this morning, one father wakes up without the relationship he had painstakingly rebuilt with his child. A relationship which, after being rebuilt over many years in the face of a tsunami of resistance, was ended last week by Scotland’s outdated family courts.
Today, this blog is for this father and his child and it comes with a promise. Your pain and the causing of deliberate harm through ignorance, arrogance and the utter incompetence of the system which governs Scotland, will NOT be in vain. This moment has been marked and we who understand and know the truth about parental alienation in your case and so many others, WILL BE BACK.
Excellent analysis of a recent decision to move a child that had been alienated from her father to the father.
Certainly, parental alienation is a topic of significant public interest and importance for families and family justice professionals. It provokes strong opinions, including on whether and how the family court system (including Cafcass) ought to do better in identifying and managing parental alienation. International Parental Alienation Day on 25 April 2017 inspired a fair amount of commentary. See this Hansard debate secured by ex-Labour Party MP Simon Danczuk on 17 March for a flavour.
I have just finished watching one of my favourite films. “The Day the Earth Caught Fire” about when the effects of two nuclear weapons tests result in the Earth being pushed slowly towards the sun.
In the film there is a not insignificant scene where one of the reporters of the Daily Express meets up with his ex-wife and his child. The impression given is that the mother, in this case, is ‘allowing’ him to see his child. A similar situation to some custody situations now.