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July 5th, 2015

As the Family Goes So Goes the Church

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Last Friday, as we know, the supreme court ruled that homosexual persons have a constitutional right to enter into (heterosexual) “marriage.” In essence five persons decided they are smarter than biblical revelation and acting more justly than every age, culture, and people in the history of humanity these last nearly 4000 years.

Indeed, though, while there is much to pray over and consider in light of their decision, yet there is another crisis we face in the church: the almost complete disintegration of the traditional Catholic family. 

Recently the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) began to publish its findings on the spiritual health of the Catholic family. Here are some of what they found:

  • Only 22% of Catholic families attend Mass weekly.
  • Only 18% of Catholic families with an infant attend Mass weekly.
  • Only 33% of families with 3 or more children attend Mass weekly.
  • Only 32% of Catholic parents have their children enrolled in any type of 
            religious education.
  • Only 14% of parents in the middle class income bracket ($85,000+/yr) send their children to Catholic school.
  • Only 36% of Catholic parents say they pray daily.
  • Only 17% of Catholic parents who say they pray on their own also pray with their spouse.  
  • While 50% of Catholic families eat dinner together daily, only 13% of these 
             families pray before meals.

The traditional family is disintegrating. Society has taken upon itself to 
redefine “marriage” contrary to Judaic/Christian/Islamic/Buddhist/Hindu revelation and the heritage of marriage and family life received from every single culture in the history of humanity. In 2013 in the United States 41% of all children were born of single mothers and without fathers. Yet God himself chose a holy family—a heterosexual family—as the community in which his own Son was to be born and in which Jesus was to grow in wisdom, age, and grace before God and man (see Lk. 2:52). While not at all discounting the capacity of grace in anyone’s life, if God Himself saw the traditional family as necessary and preferable that his own son be fully human, why do we think we are smarter and acting more justly when we more and more redefine it if not reject it in practice or all together?  

St. John Paul II taught: "The family finds in the plan of God the Creator and Redeemer not only its identity, what it is, but also its mission, what it can and should do. The role that God calls the family to perform in history derives from what the family is....Each family finds within itself a summons that cannot be ignored and that specifies both its dignity and responsibility: family, become what you are" 
(Familiaris Consortio, 17).

What does all this mean? Where will it all end up? I don’t know. I know only that Jesus the Christ promised the jaws of death will not clinch shut on his church (Mt. 16:18). Wherever it does all end up the church once again will be there to pick up the pieces and proclaim the forgiveness of sins 
and resurrection from the dead. 

                                                                                                            Father Ed

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