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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Bishops' Labor Day statement . . . and "Hillbilly Elegy"

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.


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