Polish Church sees ‘family crisis’15 October 2012
Poland's Catholic bishops have deplored a growing "family crisis" in the country, blaming calls for same-sex marriages and derogatory attitudes to family life.
In a pastoral letter the bishops cited the weakening of family bonds, a "plague of divorces, and so-called loose or free unions, practised from youth often with parental consent". "We are seeing ever greater social acceptance of these improper phenomena, as well as the frequent lack of any reaction."
The letter, to be read out in churches yesterday, said books, magazines and broadcast media showed "contempt for the family" at a time when proportionately more Polish children are born in Western countries than in Poland. Poland has highest rates of child poverty and lowest levels of family support in the EU.
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