…is clarify yet again that, in the West, it is enshrined in law that the rights of children (that is to say, the weak) are completely unconnected to the rights of adults (that is, the strong). Roe vs. Wade, of course, made that crystal clear, as did Casey. And the *real* bullet to the brain of marriage–no fault divorce–likewise made it clear that marriage no longer has any connection to the rights of children to a mother and a father.
Children, instead of being treated as the special responsibility of our care, are increasingly at the mercy of a culture of narcissism. Prophetically, Laudato Si addresses our focus on short term selfishness and the neglect of the rights of children–including their right to a mother and a father. Read it.
Our current system is increasingly to make the weak carry the burden of the strong’s selfishness. Men abandon women and pressure them to abort the weakest of all. Parents in search of their Eat Pray Love fulfillment ditch their families and tell themselves that “children are resilient”. Marriage becomes the vehicle for the personal fulfillment and approval of one’s own appetites and children are conceived by disposable surrogates who exist to accessorize a marriage that is primarily about the needs of the adults, not the right of the children to a mother and father. The defective product is rejected and sent back to the manufacturer and the rich, powerful, and selfish buyer goes off in search of something more suitable. Again and again, it is the weak who are made to shoulder the burden of the selfish strong.
The mindset that puts no brake on the power of the strong over the weak is the root of slavery. It is the inevitable corollary of the destruction of the Christian tradition. Slavery is the normal room temperature state of fallen man. It took centuries for the Christian tradition to beat it back and the victory has always been tenuous and provisional. Get rid of Christian influence and it will flood back.
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation.” (Mt 12:43–45).
We delude ourselves if we think we are expanding our freedom by driving the Faith into retreat.