"Saint Angela Merici wisely observed, “disorder in the world is the result of disorder in the family.” Over the last generation, the disorder in American family life has grown exponentially. In 1940, there was one divorce for every six marriages; by 1975, the U.S. divorce rate had climbed to one in two. Liberated from the matrimonial ties that bind, families are cast adrift. Amid their wreckage we find our children. A million divorces affect children each year. One in ten children will suffer three such marital dissolutions. “Perfect married life means the spiritual dedication of the parents for the benefit of their children,” the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas counsels, but social scientist Travis Hirschi reports that “the likelihood that the biological parents of a particular child will marry and stay together throughout the period of child rearing is lower today than at any time in the past.”"
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