Professor Pliego concluded that the natural family was far superior to other forms. He found that 89.4 percent of the studies concluded that intact families produced a higher level of well-being than other family types. Only one in ten claimed that all family structures produced similar outcomes. And only a negligible fraction of the studies—around 1 percent of the studies—claimed that other “family” structures produced a better outcome. That is to say, the natural family has been clearly demonstrated by social science to be superior to all other forms.
Bear in mind that this is not Professor Pliego, or Steven Mosher and Carlos Polo, or even the Catholic Church making these particular scientific claims. These are what hundreds of studies, based on thousands of official surveys, have concluded. This is what social science teaches us about the reality of family life.
Governments have an obligation to work for the common good of their citizens and to promote their well-being. For this reason it is wrong for them to pretend, as many governments do, that all family structures are created equal. Of course, governments have to provide certain services to all citizens without discrimination.
But when the issue at hand is how to educate the young, prevent antisocial behavior and crime, and promote the general well-being of the people, the hard data of sociology instruct governments to help, assist and promote the natural family. To do otherwise is to act against the best interests of citizens, and encourage behaviors that lead to a plethora of very bad outcomes.
Finally, we see again here that faith and reason, properly understood, cannot be in conflict. What the Church teaches as true has been confirmed by social science: we are created to live and love in intact families, with a father and mother and their children. Any other arrangement is at odds with our very nature.
Source: Familias y bienestar en sociedades democráticas: el debate cultural del siglo XXI, Fernando Pliego Carrassco, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Investigaciiones Sociales, 2012, 394 pp. Results of the study are summarized at here. There is no English translation available at the moment.
Steven Mosheris the President of PRI, andCarlos Polois the Director of PRI’s Latin American office, located in Lima, Peru.