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The numbers are screaming

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Do something . . . . FAST

Do something . . . . FAST

There is another nail in the coffin of this country’s illusion, or shall I say delusion, of us being holier than the pope.

However before I get started, I think that it would be prudent to look at the facts first, and then draw some conclusions accordingly. The facts, as revealed by NSO today, are these:

  • 25% of the children born last year were out of wedlock
  • this is an almost 9% increase on the previous year
  • 34% of the mothers fall under the 25 – 29 age group
  • 31% of the mothers fall under the 30 – 34 age group
  • 35% of the fathers are aged 30 – 34
  • 24% of the fathers are 25 – 29 years old

Since 65% of the mothers are over 25 years old, we’re not talking about teenage pregnancies here. The 25% of children born out of wedlock are definitely not all born to teenage mothers. Hence, they’re born to mothers, or parents, who are old enough to get married but for some reason they’re not. These children are born to people who fall into one of these categories:

  • One or both members of the couple choose(s) not to get married
  • at least one of the parents cannot get married because s/he is separated or going through a separation
  • the pregnancy is a result of a secret extra-marital affair
  • the child is born to a couple that no longer exists

For sure, any of the cases mentioned above goes against the Catholic doctrine. This is another point in the long list of the Catholic myth buster, and if I hear one other person claiming that this is a Catholic country, I’ll hit them on the head, tie them up, cover their head with a black bag, and drive them to the NSO offices. Then I’ll lock them in a room with a stats geek who will explain to them in monotone why they’re wrong.

If people are having babies out of wedlock, it must definitely mean that something may be wrong with our social fabric. If 1 out of 4 people are having babies outside marriage and, especially, if there’s an increase of 9% in just one year, then something is terribly wrong.

I think that the Social Policy Ministry must investigate the reasons behind these numbers and suggest possible remedial action. If the government decides to keep burying its head in the sand, this situation will keep getting worse and worse until it gets out of hand.

This is like a terminally ill person who doesn’t want to talk to doctors about treatment. The longer the malady goes untreated, the weaker the person becomes.

Our society is sick, and someone needs to diagnose the causes, effects, and possible remedies.

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Written by mickeymalta

14/05/2009 at 18:07