It’s time for a preferential option for the family

Millennial editor Robert Christian has a new article at Crux. He writes:

The economic pressures on middle-class and working-class Americans are both the product of family breakdown and one of its principal causes. The minimum wage is nowhere near a living wage. Many working-class people live paycheck to paycheck, fearful that a single mishap will push them over a financial cliff — a state of mind that generates immense stress that weighs heavily on relationships….

Economic threats are not the only ones undermining the American family. Culturally, radical individualism and a market mentality have led to what Pope Francis has presciently labeled “the throwaway culture.” Far too many people are throwing away their most intimate and meaningful relationships because of defective cultural values. Temporary happiness and the desire for autonomy too often trump duty and love. An underlying nihilism encourages materialism, consumerism, and hedonism, while our relationships suffer.

The full article can be read here.