Dear editor:

Father’s Day 2014 finds the state of fatherhood in crisis. An epidemic of fatherlessness has swept across the country beginning with the sexual revolution of the 60’s and 70’s. Freedom without responsibility has led to chaos. Today 41 percent of children born have no father in the home. In 1940 it was less than 5 percent. Eighty-five percent of abortions, a form of birth control, occur among unmarried women. Roe v Wade has empowered men to “have fun and run.” How are fathers portrayed on TV and the movies? They are looked upon as a joke, irrevelent or not even in the picture.

Study after study shows that nothing replaces a father. Not a woman. Not a live-in boyfriend. Not a government program. Scripture reveals and the Church teaches that God did not intend for women to play both the role of mother and father. Yet in many cases this is what’s happening. The lack of involved fathers has resulted in:

– higher school drop-out rates

– higher drug use

– higher rates of suicide

– higher instances of teenage pregnancy

– higher rates of violent crime and neglect

– higher abortion rates

– lower employment opportunities

– lower opportunities to thrive and succeed.

Our society is being re-engineered to believe that men and women are interchangeable. They’re not. Despite the fact that two men or two women “marrying” is becoming more acceptable, it does not solve the problem of the “elephant in the room” of one man running from the mother of his child and his responsibility to be a father.

On Father’s Day 24 million children did not have a father to celebrate. Why? Because dads have chosen self over sacrifice, social programs that exclude men and a secular culture that looks upon fathers as irrevelent. Fatherhood does matter. For more information on why it does matter “google” National Fatherhood Initiative or National Center for Fathering.

Father John Neff, Pastor

St. Luke Catholic Church, Youngsivlle

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Sheffield