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Media ignore importance of fathers to children

August 19, 2011

When Bishop Christopher Jones of Elphin, Ireland, said that the children brought up in single-parent households were "born losers," it was "a most unfortunate turn of phrase," writes columnist David Quinn.

Nevertheless, Quinn finds it noteworthy that many of the pundits who now deplore the bishop's language have not discovered his larger point: that the presence of fathers is crucial to the welfare and rearing of children. "It is simply amazing," Quinn says, "that there are people who refuse to believe that lacking a father can have negative effects."


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