The Church values life, regardless of the family situation (single or married). Children are innocent, hence any support that benefits them are welcome.
However the State can certainly do more to educate our people on the importance of family and building holistic families. There should be better preparation for marriage and education of the young on the responsibility of sex and marriage.
While we want to support unwed mothers – and we should especially since they are in a difficult situation – we are also saying that it is not ok to have children out of wedlock because the children will suffer without the love of both parents and we know how difficult and challenging it is to be single parent. Therefore more pre-emptive measures should be taken by the State to promote loving and caring marriages and strong families.
The Church’s position on the sanctity of marriage and the family has not changed. In his latest Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia “The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family” Pope Francis describes marriage between a husband and wife as ‘a union possessing all the traits of a good friendship: concern for the good of the other, reciprocity, intimacy, warmth, stability and the resemblance born of a shared life.’ (AL 123).
However notwithstanding the Church’s defence of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the Church is compassionate to those who are struggling with failed marriages, including unwed mothers. The Church continues to support them in their pain and loneliness. There is no discrimination against them.
Issued by the Archdiocesan Communications Office, dated Friday, 15 April, 2016
The above statement is the Church’s response to a media query from the Chinese News Paper “LianHe ZaoBao” on the recently announced government benefits for unwed mothers.