Skip to comments.Growing Crisis: Over 40 Percent of Babies Are Born Outside of Marriage in the US
Posted on 05/12/2010 2:53:57 AM PDT by markomalley
I want to discuss a very alarming new study that indicates that over 40% of children are born outside of marriage in this country. This situation is growing very serious and needs to be addressed in our parishes and homes. Here is a brief excerpt of the article:
The number of children born outside marriage in the United States has increased dramatically to four out of ten of all births. Figures show that 41 per cent of children born in 2008 did not have married parents up from 28 per cent in 1990. Researchers have concluded that although Christian values still play an important role in American society, public attitudes have changed. Having a child out of wedlock does not carry the stigma and shame it once did, they say.
The study also found that in America there is a declining number of teenage mothers and rising numbers of older parents .
The U.S. research, taken from census reports and health statistics by the Pew Research Centre, also outlines a trend of couples in western societies marrying later in life and delaying parenthood until they can afford it.
The share of births to unmarried mothers had increased most among white and traditionally Catholic Hispanic women.
The article can be read here: 41% Of Children Born Outside of Marriage in US
The numbers are really quite striking and increase from 28% to 41% in just 18 years. Note that the article lays the matter clearly at our feet, fellow Catholics citing that we have shown the greatest increase in unmarried mothers.
As a Church we have to do a better job of addressing this very serious matter. It would seem that we should address it by re-emphasizing some of the following things:
You will no doubt wish to add to the list or perhaps nuance what I have said. But in the end I think we have to be firm and clear about the wrongful nature of this sort of sexual misbehavior. I will say that the Church was not as clear as she should have been with me when I was growing up in the 1960s and 70s. But I can assure you the fallen angel who is the devil, and our fallen culture ARE clear as to what they think.
It is tragic to think that almost half of the Children born in this country are born into situations that are far from ideal. It is even more tragic that this does not have to be. Many think we really cant turn this thing around. I disagree. The example of a concerted effort at eliminating smoking has had significant impact. If we come together and agree and are firm and clear I am sure we can make a difference. Even just taking the PDF document on Scriptural teaching I have produced above and sharing it with you teenagers can help. But we need to do more and better. Things are at a critical stage just now.
For further data and research read here: Child Trends Data (NB Though the report written in 2001 indicates out of wedlock births had leveled off, that assertion has been superceded by the more recent data which shows it has now again spiked).
For no People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when Knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own Weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders. — Samuel Adams
Observation: abortion is on the decline. How many of these out-of-wedlock births would have been abortions back in 1990? I would rather have the out-of-wedlock birth than the abortion.
Observation: cohabitation is not permissible. Does a civil marriage (court house) make it any better? We used to have common law marriage- a couple that cohabitates for a time are deemed by society to be married.
White and Hispanic mothers are on the increase. The largest percentage of babies born out of wedlock is still the African-American community.
Here is just one state (Indiana):
Other data released last month showed the percentage of unwed mothers differs from race to race. While 28 percent of white women gave birth out of wedlock in 2007, nearly 72 percent of black women and more than 51 percent of Latinas did.
Please allow me to focus on a reality of life in today’s age: there is a thing called “fertilization control.” You would think that the people would use it.
Fertilization control: it's called keep the pants zipped.
And that is what the Msgr is trying to say.
A weak church has conveyed a ‘nice’ god. The celestial santa never judges anyone.
Of course it doesn’t help that we pay people to do these things either.
This tearing down of traditional values is a contributing factor to the decline of our society and the rise of the tyrannical nanny state. These are traditional values because they work.
Spend ten minutes watching and listening to the teen age video and music world. It is scary. Absolutely scary.
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