A T H O L I C
F A M I L Y
SERVICE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC FAMILIES
Myths on Families and
: Whenever we say family we mean one thing: The
mother, father and children inside a stable marriage.
We always back our assertions with authorative research.
Page numbers below refer to the excellent book Farewell
to the Family? Public policy and family breakdown in
Britain and the USA, Patricia Morgan, UKP 9.00,
IEA Health and Welfare Unit, 2 Lord North Street, London
SW1P 3LB, Tel 020 7799 3745, Fax 020 7799 2137. ISBN
: 'Family, lone-parents : it's all the same thing':
Family life offers significant benefits!
members enjoy better health
* Less infant mortality. p122
* Less mental illness. p144
* Less suicide. p144
is less child abuse amongst families
a sad truth that [statistically more] children of lone-parents
are abused physically and sexually by that parent and
by the 'partner' of that parent. p125
of families are much less likely to commit crimes
* Adult crime: Single males and live-in partners commit
far more crime than husbands. p118
* Youth crime: Children of lone parents (or those with
step-fathers) commit far more crime than children within
from families have a much better academic record
of lone parents do far worse at school. p46 p133
Children of families are less likely to divorce when
they get married
the bad side-effects of lone-parent families get amplified.
The next generation is far more likely to end up as
: The bad side-effects of lone-parent families are due
to their poor economic situation
The unfortunate side-effects listed above are not
a result of a low economic status of lone parents and
their children. All the facts above make full allowance
for any economic disparities. They are real effects
due to the absence of a stable loving framework for
: Lone-parents are hard done-by compared to families
The evidence is strong that attempts to help the
perceived needs of lone parents have actually damaged
families and increased the number of lone parents! Economically
this means a spiral of decline. The best way to halt
this spiral is to make sure that families get their
deserved support, financially and in the attitudes of
society and the law. p50
: We are out to bash lone-parents
Of course there are many terrible families and many
wonderful examples of lone parents. But our aim is simple:
we want to do our best to support families. The evidence
is strong that, on average, families are better for
individuals and better for society. This is the truth,
and the world should know the truth. p119
always encourage response to our articles on modern
myths. We would be especially interested in any US data
relevant to the topic. Feel free to Send your views
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Francis de Sales, patron saint of
journalists, pray for us
US, Father a spirit of wisdom and
insight, so that we may know the great
hope to which we have been called.
peace and harmony reign among all
the dwellers on the earth.
those who exercise the ministry of
authority in the service of their
brothers, send a spirit of wisdom
all those consecrated to you together
devote themselves to constant prayer.
us, O God, to fill up in our own flesh
what is lacking in the sufferings
of Christ for his Church.
our families and benefactors grant
the blessing of everlasting life.
ever mindful of your mercy, exalt
the lowly; fill the hungry with good
in life and death, let us be yours,
the world from its slavery to corruption,
to share in the glorious freedom of
the children of God.