Amoris Laetitia 45: Obstacles for Children

amoris laetitia memeThe synod bishops were certainly aware of many of the challenges faced by children in the modern world:

45. “A great number of children are born outside of wedlock, many of whom subsequently grow up with just one of their parents or in a blended or reconstituted family… The sexual exploitation of children is yet another scandalous and perverse reality in present-day society. Societies experiencing violence due to war, terrorism or the presence of organized crime are witnessing the deterioration of the family, above all in large cities, where, on their outskirts, the so-called phenomenon of ‘street-children’ is on the rise”.(Relatio Synodi 2014, 8) The sexual abuse of children is all the more scandalous when it occurs in places where they ought to be most safe, particularly in families, schools, communities and Christian institutions.(Cf. Relatio Finalis 2015, 78)

A few comments here. First, blended and “reconstituted” families are not new to the world, or even to Christianity. When adult mortality rates were higher, certainly children were passed from mother to mother, and even frequently from father to father. And while the Church sponsored and ran orphanages, it is only recently that adoption has been a serious option at all. And that, for only a few countries, one of which is the United States.

Children without a permanent family are most certainly at risk from the many exploitations of the world. At the root of them all is the lack of respect for the inherent human dignity of a person yet to reach adulthood. Because children can be dominated, they are dominated.

Like many family issues of this day, the root is a lack of respect.

For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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