Saturday, February 17, 2007
Briton the worst place for children
While I was away the was a report published that said out of 21 countries Britain as the worst place for children, the US followed close on our tail.
Well it is not surprising as a law for "services and commodities" deals with the adoption of children. It seems indicative of government policy that children are objects. No wonder there is such a high teenage pregnancy and abortion rate in the UK. There are growing youth crime rates. The age for premarital sex is growing lower and lower. Marital breakdown increases, in fact it seems that it is actually encouraged by our government, it is cheaper for parents to live apart, or co-habit than to be married.
The cost of housing, the need for both parents to work for a mortgage, the expectation that parents will work long hours, the encouragement of mobility and therefore the fragmentation of the extended family and the denigration of the role parents are obviously all contributory factors.
But I blame our present regime and our present Prime Minister who has done nothing to safeguard the family. In this area, on this issue our Bishop should declare Crusade against all and any legislation that does not conform to the Church's teaching.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake