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The Family Is Falling! Warns Pope Francis

This morning, Pope Francis lectured the U.S. Congress: “How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life. In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family.”

Let’s break down the structure of the argument made by Pope Francis:

1. Family life is rich and beautiful.
2. It is a threat to society for people to question the richness and beauty of family life.
3. Many families trap young people in hopeless mazes of violence, abuse and despair.
4. The problem is that not enough young people want to make young families.
5. Young people shouldn’t have as many options as they do.

Can such an argument make any sense, unless you accept its premises and conclusions on faith?

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6 thoughts on “The Family Is Falling! Warns Pope Francis”

  1. Leroy says:

    The enormous gap in income / net worth inequality in this country is THE largest threat to families in this country.

    1. Dave says:

      A fixed pie guy, I take it. Here’s news; you are not riding the bus because some rich guy is driving a car. Crying income inequality is the kind of economic illiteracy that backfired so badly on the poor and middle class in the last century and gave us payroll taxes.

      You can’t hurt the rich, Dude. They won’t allow it.

  2. ella says:

    Communism, the largest threat to this country, is already well advanced in the pursuit of family division. A family divided falls, a nation of fallen families, falls. It is truly simple and the simple truly fell for it. Everything the Pope said was accurate and the principle of life in this country even 60 years ago. Not that all families were perfect or that life was perfect, but the structure was present along with the ethic.

  3. frank says:

    Yes it does..since has been valid for quite few thousands years and has worked. Check your history.

  4. Tom says:

    History no longer counts frank. Society has become a prison in this country, where most of the inmates in our overcrowded inmates come from POVERTY. Jobs have been vanishing for years and climate change is making it steadily worse. The global banking syndicate is tightening the economic noose on everyone, but here it’s to the point that about 400 families control about 1/2 the world’s wealth [see Due to the worsening economic conditions the country is losing its ability to provide for itself via good jobs and a healthy tax base (which the rich also skirt). These worsening conditions effect everyone but the elderly, children and women, as in war, experience it worse than most. We’re heading for starvation because climate change making it increasingly hard to grow enough high quality nutritional food. It has to do with erratic weather, too much or not enough rain, hail and wind damage from storms, infestation by diseases and insects being blown in from afar (among other migratory vectors), and more. It’s getting hard to live, and will continue to worsen as we go forward. There’s no political solution either.

  5. Tom says:

    overcrowded [prisons], of course – sorry for the typo and i don’t mean to be pointing this toward frank in any but a conversational way

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