January 20, 2014

Looking in the Mirror: "Hollande’s Tryst and the End of Marriage"

My, oh my...how far the Eldest Daughter of the Church has fallen. And with that, its Catholic population as well. It is not a far-reaching speculation to posit that in a few years my current country will follow the same course and suffer the same effects. "The fish rots from the top down" says the ancient phrase, and France is apparently the modern world's poster child that adds the required validity, and to which the USA appears to be embracing.

If you care to be further depressed - and you will - please read the full Bloomberg Opinion article, from which the below excerpt is taken. (Bold Highlights mine)

"Even though two-thirds of French people describe themselves as Catholic, the institution of marriage is in full retreat. Moreover, the standard model of the nuclear family consisting of two married adults with children has, in the past decade, been superseded by many other, less traditional arrangements.
Hollande is living proof of this shift in attitudes: He took office as the first president not to be married to his partner, who moved into the Elysee with him. He has four children from a previous partner, Segolene Royal, to whom he wasn’t married, either. His current partner, Valerie Trierweiler, has three children from her second marriage. Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, has two sons from his first wife, another son from the second, whom he divorced shortly after taking office in 2007. He also has a young daughter with his current wife, Carla Bruni, whom he married in 2008.
Unlike in the U.S., such nontraditional arrangements enjoy wide acceptance in France."
"Moreover, almost 40 percent of children are now born to unmarried parents, compared with less than 1 in 5 in 1990, according to EU statistics. In 2010, the majority -- 55 percent -- of French children were born outside of marriage."
Now then... say 5 Decades of the Rosary for France, the USA and Holy Mother Church.


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