- Category: About us
- Published on 25 March 2014
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After the fall of the Berlin wall catholic family associations from several countries gathered to found a platform. In 1991 a common Charter and regulations were agreed upon and in 1994 the bylaws of an Association were signed.
In 1997 the Association became the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) and was registered in Strasbourg, France.
The Council of Europe recognized FAFCE as a Non-Governmental Organisation with participative status in 2001 and in 2002 FAFCE was granted the authorization to submit collective complaints within the framework of the European Social Charter.
In 2009 FAFCE opened its office in Brussels.
Over the years the number of member organisations has grown, today FAFCE represents organisations from all parts of Europe.
Each member organisation is represented in the Board that meets twice a year. The President , Vice Presidents and Treasurer are elected for a mandate of 3 years. FAFCEs’ Secretariat General carries out the daily work and is based in Brussels, Belgium.
Antoine Renard, CNAFC, France
Algirdas Petronis, Family Centres, Lithuania
Cornel Barbut, Association of Catholic Families Vladimir Ghika, Romania
Maria Hildingsson, Belgium
Nicola Speranza, Belgium
Elisabeth Bussmann, FDK, Germany, 2006-2009
Johannes Fenz, KFÖ, Austria, 2003-2006
Christine von Stefenelli, KFS, South Tyrol, 2000-2003
Paul de Viguerie, CNAFC, France, 1997-2000
Family is the centre and starting point for the formation of human assets in society. For us the family, based on matrimony of husband and wife, constitutes the best precondition for the success of marital life, parenthood and the development of children.
Family as a community is the most important social entity where the gift of life is welcomed and accompanied until its natural end. Emphatically we insist on the inalienable dignity of every person, especially at the outset and the end of life.
Family is, as a general rule, the social space where children establish reliable relations, gain confidence and thus grow up to be independent persons. Therefore parents must be acknowledged as the first and most important educators of their children and be supported in their educational task.
Children are the most important resource for our future. Hence it is the common responsibility of all social domains to provide parenthood services to support and promote the family.
Parents invest a lot to offer their children the best chances for their development. They are entitled to an appropriate compensation of the costs involved and an adequate recognition of their efforts. All social domains are requested to guarantee a well-balanced combination of financial means, time and services for all families (child care facilities, assistance for the elderly...).
Parents have the right to choose by themselves between gainful employment and family work. The renunciation of gainful employment for the benefit of family work must be compensated by equivalent transfer payments. Moreover general conditions of the working environment must be adapted to be compatible with family life.
Parents and children live within an inter-generational community of reciprocal responsibility. It is indispensable to enhance the practised solidarity of generations with the solidarity of society as a whole in the form of adequate social security systems.
The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) was founded in 1997. It is acknowledged by the Council of Europe as a Non Governmental Organisation with a participatory status. The General secretariat is based in Brussels. FAFCE works both towards the institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe.
FAFCE ensures a political representation for family interests from a catholic perspective, on the basis of the Catholic Church’s Social and Family teaching as well as of the testimony of faith and experiential knowledge of Christians in Church and in society.
FAFCE is an umbrella organisation that serves as a European liaison platform for exchange of experiences of pastoral care of the family and family policy issues for its members. Our member associations provide important catholic expertise and contacts on the national and local levels.
FAFCE is the only European family organisation that explicitly refers to the social teaching of the Catholic Church.