Cardinal Sean O’Malley said that “the whole notion of family is so undercut by the cohabitation mentality,” according to a recent article in the National Catholic Register.
Cohabitation is becoming increasingly widespread, as NBC reported this year that 48 percent of women in the United States in “first unions,” with men moved in without taking wedding vows. It’s described as the “new normal.”
For Catholics, it’s not always about “going with the flow,” but rather as Pope Francis has been quoted as imploring the faithful to “swim against the tide.”
The trends of cohabitation, people not getting married, having children out of wedlock, among other trends, are having a tremendous impact on the working-class communities “who were once the backbone of the Church,” Cardinal O’Malley told the Register.
Boston’s archbishop isn’t the only one underscoring the harmful effects of cohabitation. According to an article in The New York Times, couples who cohabitate before they’re married “tend to be less satisfied with their marriages—and more likely to divorce—than couples who do not.”
As many have observed, these detrimental social trends are a reflection of a culture that has lost its social mores. The Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide work to combat this cultural rot by fostering virtues that will guide students for the rest of their lives. The institutions make chastity a corner stone of campus life by fostering a supportive, authentically Catholic environment, and instituting student life policies.
Unfortunately, Catholic colleges like Georgetown University provide a stark contrast to the efforts of Newman Guide institutions. Catholic Education Daily has reported on the school’s consideration of “gender-blind” housing at the university.
Read more about what Newman Guide colleges are doing to promote chastity on campus under the “Residence Life” section on their individual profile pages.
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