Success For In-Wedlock Children

Catholics have a special capacity and responsibility to help society recapture the waning value of bearing children within marriage, insists a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Helen Alvaré, a senior fellow of law for the Culture of Life Foundation, noted the nearly 40% out-of-wedlock birthrate in the United States. "The implications for our society loom large," Alvaré affirmed. "According to empirical data published over the last several decades in leading sociological journals, these children, on average, will suffer significant educational and emotional disadvantages compared to children reared by their married parents."