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September 10, 2003
WCR Letters to the Editor
Cast a glance back at the cost of 'social change'
In Bishop Fred Henry's commentary in the Aug. 25 WCR, he tells how a spokesperson has stated that Prime Minister Jean Chretien must serve all Canadians, not just his Church.
This is a tremendous relief to me. I had thought Chretien was really going to implement the legalization of same-sex "marriages." I am glad he is going to consider the good of Canadian society.
Fifty years ago it seemed logical that loosening the divorce laws would be compassionate for those struggling in unhappy marriages, but have little effect on society as a whole. Even the children, it was said, would benefit if released from unhappy homes.
Well, we now see that children are not better off. Studies consistently show that children from broken families more often live in poverty, are twice as likely to drop out of school, have much greater risks of alcoholism, drug addiction and teen pregnancy.
The suicide rate for kids from broken homes is three times that of kids who live with both biological parents. Seventy per cent of kids in juvenile reform institutions are from broken homes. Easier divorce laws did, in fact, affect society as a whole in ways that were not expected.
Then, 40 years ago, the pill was going to liberate society. It would give women control, strength and freedom. Every child would be a wanted child and child abuse would be non-existent. It would strengthen marriages. We would all be happier and freer.
Pope Paul VI stood alone against the world in 1968 and, Humanae Vitae said that allowing artificial contraception would weaken marriages and increase the divorce rate. This has happened. In fact, the divorce rate has increased to 50 per cent for couples who use artificial contraception as opposed to four per cent for those using natural family planning.
Paul VI said that children would be devalued and all forms of child abuse, including abortion, would increase. This has happened.
He said that men would look upon women, not as people worthy of care and respect, but as objects for their own enjoyment. Women would not be empowered, Pope Paul said, but would be degraded and become more vulnerable. And this has happened.
Paul VI also prophesied something that no one imagined. He said governments would impose upon their people the method of contraception which they, the government, judged to be most efficacious. Of course, this has been happening in China since the 1980s with its enforced contraception, sterilization, abortion and infanticide laws and practices.
Now Chretien is talking about changing the legal definition of marriage to "a union between two persons," rather than "a union between one man and one woman."
Much of the reaction I hear goes like this: "Who can it hurt? It won't affect the rest of us. It can only create more happy, strong families."
But I affirm that this decision will cause irreparable and disastrous harm to all of us in ways that we cannot even imagine.
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