Earlier this year, I gave a homily on the importance of family because the role and importance of the family is being diminished by society. We can see the results all around us. Single parent households, especially mother-child families, have risen dramatically over the past 4 decades. And the challenges are great.
· Major factor in long term poverty
· More high school dropouts
· Higher incidence of teen pregnancy.
When you diminish the family, you diminish the role of mothers and fathers. When you diminish the roles of mother and fathers, the children are adversely affected. When children are adversely affected, the future of a just society is at risk.The latest news is not good. With over 40% of children born out of wedlock, the chances of these children living in poverty rises dramatically. Yet it has been proven time and again that the clearest path to stay out of poverty is for women to have children when they are married and for these families to stay together.
Unfortunately, it would be politically incorrect for our politicians to say this publicly because someone may get their feeling hurt. It needs to be said.
You can read more on this troubling statistic below.
CDC: U.S. Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low; 40.7% of Babies Born to Unmarried Women | CNSNews.com