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Irish bishop: 2-parent family best for children’s self-worth

Catholic World News - August 16, 2011

Children of divorced parents, despite the heroic efforts of single mothers, risk being “denied a sense of self-esteem and self-worth,” Bishop Christopher Jones of Elphin has told the Irish Independent.

“Many of them were born losers,” he continued. “They had no start in life in terms of a loving relationship … They grow up disturbed and dysfunctional.”

“When a culture of marriage weakens, an ever-growing number of children will never experience the inestimable value of being raised by a loving, married mother and father,” he added.

“This is not to say that children cannot thrive outside of the marital family, but if we really value childhood, then we must do what we can to try and ensure that children are raised by the fathers and mothers who bring them into the world.”

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