The Family, the State and the Common Good, London (8/11/18)

The Family, the State and the Common Good

8 November 2018

In partnership with our friends at Theos and the Benedict XVI Centre we held a debate to discuss the relationship between the family and the state at St Mary's Church in Putney, historic home of the 1647 Putney Debates.

The questions we asked included:

Is the state fulfilling its duty to families or undermining them? What responsibilities should families carry and when should the state step in? If the traditional family is in decline, what are the consequences for the Common Good? 

To view video of the event click here or on the image above.

Our speakers:

  • Professor Philip Booth Philip is Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St Mary's University, Twickenham and Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. His areas of research include welfare and social insurance, financial regulation and Catholic social teaching.

  • Mark Molden Mark is Chief Executive of Marriage Care, a national Catholic charity with a network of trained volunteers offering professionalrelationship counselling and marriage preparation for couples to help them sustain healthy relationships.

  • Professor Sir Aynsley Green Sir Al served as first Children’s Commissioner for England 2005 to 2010. He is visiting professor of advocacy for children at Nottingham Trent University and emeritus professor of child health at University College London and an internationally recognised authority on children's services, child health and childhood. He is the author of ‘The British Betrayal of Childhood ’ launched in October 2018. He was knighted by HM Queen Elizabeth for his services to children and young people in 2006.

  • Cathy Corcoran OBE Cathy was Chief Executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre from 2003-2018, a central London charity helping people to overcome poverty and homelessness. She was awarded the OBE in 2002 for her 25 years service with CAFOD.

This was the second in our three-part series of public debates, State, Society and the Common Good, bringing people together to talk about the proper role of the State in generating a good society.

Our next debate in the series is on 7 March 2019 and will address the relationship between the State, Church and Community, also at St Mary's Putney. Speakers will be announced and booking will open nearer the time - please subscribe to our newsletter for updates. To watch video of the first debate in the series, held on 2 July 2018, Migration and the Common Good, click here

For more about Common Good Thinking, click here. 

This series is kindly sponsored by CCLA, one of the UK's largest ethical fund managers for charities, religious organisations and the public sector.