4 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 06/04/2012
VATICAN - ITALY
Killing the "normal" family: suicide of politicians and society
by Bernardo Cervellera
Even in "Christian" world, the family is penalized by taxes, work hours, denial of maternity leave and disregard for tradition. Research shows that the psychological stability of the children is also linked to the faithful union between a man and a woman. The exaltation of individual independence leads to consumerism and suicide of society.

Milan (AsiaNews) - The VII World Meeting of Families drew to an end yesterday after a week that saw families from over 150 countries, many of them Asian, come together. The theme of the meeting, at the time chosen by Benedict XVI is "Family: Work and Celebration". The Theological-Pastoral Congress that began the week with wide spread reflections on the biblical foundations of the unity between man and woman, on the procreation of children, as well as the blessing of work ("stewardship of the earth Genesis 2.15) on the celebration and the rest of God and man (Genesis 2.2). From here, different speakers - and above all Benedict XVI, who intervened in the concluding days of the Meeting - have traced some consequences such as the importance of striking a balance between time to devote to work and family, or the value of rest from work and on Sunday, which many States want abolish in the name of trade and production "h24x7".

That there is a contrast between utilitarianism, which has maximum profit as an ideal, and the Christian faith, which puts man at the centre of its concerns, is quite well known. But what struck me throughout the meeting is that the Christian position was defended and underlined with the scientific and sociological topics.

Thanks to research by prof. Pierpaolo Donati, University of Bologna, one learns, for example, that the very "normal" family, the most maligned and now considered a relic of the past - that of faithful union between a man and a woman, with two or more children - makes people "most happy" and also spreads this happiness in the workplace and in society. The children of the families of this type are more stable from a psychological standpoint, less driven to crime, more generous, more capable of solidarity with others. In contrast, as shown by research in other countries, where the attempt to destroy the "normal" family is more advanced, in France children raised without fathers are 80% of those hospitalized in psychiatry; 50% of drug users and those who achieve less in school. In the U.S., fatherless children are 63% of youth suicides, 72% of adolescent murderers, 60% of rapists, 85% of young prison inmates[1].

No better for same-sex couples: gay male couples register twice the rates of domestic violence as heterosexual couples, in lesbian couples women show a high percentage of psychological problems (75% of them received psychiatric treatment), paedophilia for 10% of adult male homosexuals, 29% of their children have been sexually abused (for the children of heterosexual couples, the percentage is of 0.6). And all this without speaking of unmarried couples - 6 times more fragile than married couples without children - and the poverty that affects divorced women with children.

Without wanting to blame or marginalize anyone for their choices, or tendencies, it must be said that the "normal" family really is the basis of a lively social network that embraces children and the elderly; creates friendship and solidarity with our neighbours in the world of work, creates less public order problems. In a world like ours where "human capital", the ability of positive imagination, to work as a team, with a passion for knowledge (and therefore of selfless love and caring, source of love for study), if society is to survive, then the this type of "normal" family must be helped.

One wonders why, instead, in our so-called "Christian"world, the family is penalized by higher taxes, by rigid work hours, denial of motherhood, from a morbid tendency to embrace "different families" and contempt for traditional ones.

For many sociologists it is now startlingly clear that all publicity given over to women's independence and divorce, as well as gay and lesbian lifestyles is the result of a utilitarian calculus that emphasizes the individual and consumption: the more people are alone , the more they have to buy the essentials, increasing purchases. But it is also clear that in this way society risks mass suicide. "Politicians who are only looking for votes - the pontiff said at the vigil of the families at Bresso North Park - should become more responsible for the good of all."

 

 

 


[1] To see all of this data. P.DONATI (ed.), The Family Resource Company, Mulino, Bologna, 2012, p. 37-38.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
02/04/2013 VATICAN
In the Year of Faith a pilgrimage to reaffirm the value of the family
03/29/2012 ITALY - CHINA
Monti and Italy’s dream of "Chinese investment" and religious freedom
by Bernardo Cervellera
10/15/2012 ITALY - CHINA
Angelo Caloia: Vittorino Colombo Award to Fr Cervellera, passionate missionary and journalist
by Angelo Caloia
10/12/2012 ITALY - CHINA
Fr. Bernardo Cervellera receives 2012 "Vittorino Colombo" International Prize
12/31/2006 VATICAN
Pope: “Holy Family”, the prototype of each Christian family

Editor's choices
NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivorsThe Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.
VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.
VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.