Is Pope Francis right to be concerned about the state of the family?

Is Pope Francis right to be concerned about the state of the family?
Is Pope Francis right to be concerned about the state of the family?

Is Pope Francis right to be concerned about the state of the family?

This weekend Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. The event happens every three years, and its mission is to strengthen the sacred bonds of families around the globe. But as the Pope spelled out in his address to Congress yesterday, he believes the family is under threat. “At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture that pressures young people not to start a family because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet, the same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family,” Pope Francis says. What he seems to be getting at is that some people who want to start a family can’t because they don’t have the money or resources. Meanwhile, many educated and relatively wealthy young people are putting off marrying and having kids, or even forgoing family life altogether. We asked listeners if they're postponing beginning their families, and why. (AP/File)