Daily Telegraph 1 February 2014
CARDINAL GEORGE PELL
Family structures are in the news. The push for same-sex marriage continues and in the campaign against random, indiscriminate violence, against coward punches, the dysfunctional family life of many offenders surfaced briefly.
Most of us know wonderful step-parents and single parents, but it is a commonplace that children are generally best served by being with their married birth parents.
Cory Bernardi is a South Australian politician, a social conservative with a deserved reputation for stirring the pot.
When he recently pointed out the advantages of the natural family he was subjected to a nasty campaign of personal abuse. All this, despite the fact that he was saying what President Obama said in 2008, in his Father’s Day speech.
Obama quoted statistics to show that children, especially boys, who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out early from school, and 20 times more likely to go to jail.