Patrick F. Fagan

Patrick F. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), which examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America’s social problems, as illustrated in the social science data.

A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree with a double major in sociology and social administration, and a professional graduate degree in psychology (Dip. Psych.) as well as a PhD from University College Dublin.

Fagan started his career as a grade school teacher in Cork, Ireland, then returned to college to become a psychologist, going to Canada to practice then to Washington DC to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In 1984, Fagan moved from the clinical world into the public policy arena, to work on family issues at the Free Congress Foundation. After that he worked for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, then was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at the US Department of Health and Human Services by President George H.W. Bush, before spending the next 13 years at the Heritage Foundation where he was a senior fellow.

Moral lessons: how church and state differ in what they teach
10 Mar 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: Church and State, morality
When they are fairly well aligned on moral issues society goes smoothly.

The most important correlation in all of social science
13 Feb 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: marriage duration, monogamy
Number of sexual partners and duration of first marriage.

Freedom of community: the next frontier in societies that work
23 Jan 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: community, religious liberty
Individuals and families need a wider space in which to flourish.

The three love diet
9 Dec 2016 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: chastity, child wellbeing, family structure
Only a fraction of our children are fully nurtured, thanks to the breakdown in marriage.

Without healthy families you can kiss the Great American Economy goodbye
18 Apr 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Church, economics, family structure, school
Family, church, and school are the three basic people-forming institutions, and they produce the best results when they cooperate.

For Greater Glory
5 Jun 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, film reviews, Mexico
A stirring story of faith and heroism in 1920s Mexico has an unsettling relevance to contemporary America.

Adolescents in a pornified culture
15 Dec 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: adolescence, pornography
By undermining marriage and family life, by assailing them on the internet, pornography is doing serious harm to young people.

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