David and Chris discuss the fear of starting a family. During his visit to America in 2015, Pope Francis became the first Pope to address a joint session of congress and he highlighted this fear as problem that needs attention from the American Government. Interestingly he said that this fear effects not only those who lack opportunities, but also those who’s future appears to be filled with “countless possibilities”. “Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they, too, are dissuaded from starting a family.”
Here’s the passage:
In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family.
The complete text of the Pope’s address is found here: