Vatican newspaper: crisis of the family manifest in alcohol, drug abuse among youth
August 13, 2015
L’Osservatore Romano has published a front-page reflection on the crisis of the “real family,” a crisis manifest in alcohol and drug abuse among youth who look upon life as a “continuous party.”
Discussions of Holy Communion for those who have remarried and of same-sex marriage are “theoretical,” Italian historian and journalist Lucetta Scaraffia said as she discussed the news of a 16-year-old Italian girl who was found dead on a beach from an apparent drug overdose.
Real families, Scaraffia said, have completely lost their sense of duty: love and sexual pleasure are expected from the spouse, and “gratification” from the children, and if these are not found, the family is renounced in a search for a “more gratifying situation.”
“The one true remedy for this situation can only be a true family,” she continued-- and this is the family “that no one dares to build, much less defend. The excuses are always the same: they all do so, I cannot impede my child from living like the others, life has changed, these are no longer the times when parents intervene in the life of children.”
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