Tuesday, 2 November 2004

Divorce, American style

The Boston Globe has an interesting piece by William V. D'Antonio about the distinction between preaching moral values, and living them:
Massachusetts does indeed have the lowest divorce rate among all 50 states. More disturbing was the finding that born-again Christians have among the highest divorce rates.
Part of Massachusetts' relatively low divorce rate is attributed to the higher presence of Catholics in the state. Interestingly, this isn't just a direct link to the Catholic Church's opposition to divorce, but also to the Catholic Church's social justice teachings:
The Northeast corridor, with Massachusetts as the hub, does have one of the highest levels of Catholics per state total. And it is also the case that these are among the states most strongly supportive of the Catholic Church's teaching on social justice issues such as minimum and living wages and universal healthcare.
I'm not a Catholic, but I must say, I'm impressed by the social justice dimension of the theology. (The Catholic Church has done good work on debt relief too.)




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