Friday, October 03, 2008

Ilegitimacy bad for children


From CFNews: A new study has added to mounting evidence that being born outside of marriage damages children. The report, compiled by researchers at the University of Essex, says that 44 per cent of babies are now born to unmarried parents. Cohabitees are estimated to make up three-quarters of those parents.

But the researchers say that since these unmarried unions are far more likely to break up, an increasing number of children are living in single parent families. They say that children brought up by lone parents do worse at school, are less likely to get good jobs and suffer more health problems.

John Ermisch, Professor of Economics at the University of Essex, said: 'The rise in births outside marriage is a real cause for concern. 'It is primarily attributable to the increase in people's tendency to cohabit in their first partnership and to have children within these unions. 'The instability of these unions means, however, that more British children will spend significant parts of their childhood in families with only one parent - and this appears to have long-term negative consequences.' [Christian Institute]

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen