Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Reading the USCCB's Labor Day statement, I was reminded of J.D. Vance's recent memoir, Hillbilly Elegy (which I recommend). Here's just a bit:
. . . Divorce rates and the rate of single-parent households break down along similar educational and economic lines. Financial concerns and breakdowns in family life can lead to a sense of hopelessness and despair. The Rust Belt region now appears to have the highest concentration in the nation of drug-related deaths, including from overdoses of heroin and prescription drugs.
The Church weeps with all of these families, with these children, whose homes and worlds are broken. . . .
There's a lot more in the statement (and in the book), of course. But, on a first read today, and probably because I just finished reading Vance, this connection (which runs also, I think to both Charles Murray's and Robert Putnam's new books) jumped out at me.