By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 08, 2006
"Senior care for tomorrow starts with family decisions today," reads the headline of an op-ed in The Tidings by the Executive Director of California Catholic Charities. An encouraging start. The piece itself, however, consists of a review of the problems of health care, prescription costs, long-term care, Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal, senior housing, and fraud-protection, culminating in the following plug:
Preparing for the eventual debates to come starts with our family structure and our own choices. In public policy debates at all levels -- municipalities to the Federal government -- we need to ask our elected officials to look at senior issues.
What "family decision" doesn't get a mention? Having babies.
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Jul. 08, 2006 7:07 PM ET USA
The teaching is there, and it is valid. It is too often ignored. This is from the USCCB website: "15. What key issues are covered in marriage preparation? Marriage preparation programs help couples to understand the Christian and the human aspects of marriage. Typical topics include: the meaning of marriage as a sacrament; faith, prayer and the church; roles in marriage; communication and conflict resolution; children, parenthood and Natural Family Planning; finances; and family of origin."