Religion: Thoughts for the Family

Why is the U.S. the most marrying and divorcing nation in Western Christendom? Last week this phenomenon absorbed some 1,000 delegates from six countries at the National Catholic Family Life Convention in Buffalo. The Rev. Lucius F. Cervantes, Jesuit sociologist at Denver's Regis College, blamed the American obsession with romantic love. "The American secular image of marriage and the family is schizoid in its romantic inability to face reality. Prudential consideration in the seeking of one's life partner, such as the desirability of similar backgrounds, interests and ideals, seems to these teenagers a mere censorious haggling of killjoy elders and...

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