"The nearly universal collapse of marital morality among Catholics is far and away the most serious social justice problem in the Church. Children have a fundamental right to be born in the loving, permanent marriage of their parents, so that they can have the physical, economic and emotional support needed to thrive. Right now, nearly 40 per cent of children in the US are born into illegitimacy, which is a huge predictor of poverty, educational failure, criminal arrest, mental disease and future marital failure. Divorce plunges millions of women and children into poverty every year.
"All our efforts to combat poverty, to address and prevent abuse, are as nothing in the face of this society-wide pestilence raging in our parishes and families.
"The Church needs a profound examination of conscience, repentance and amendment of life on how our failure to keep Christ’s commandments is wounding and killing children. The serious obligation to keep one’s marital vows and the sinfulness of breaking them is certainly the timeless teaching of the Church, spoken by the mouth of Christ himself."