Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Archbishop of Wales says selfishness hurts children

The Anglican Archbishop of Wales says children are suffering due to the culture of society which puts the self and materialism as the top priorities in life.

Addressing the Governing Body of the Church in Wales, Dr Barry Morgan stressed that parenting was a serious commitment and that parents needed to work hard to stay together and to spend enough quality time with their children.

He said that school children should also be taught that becoming a parent is a serious commitment rather than just the “mechanics” of pregnancy that are dealt with by sex education and Government policies.

Dr Morgan said it was not a coincidence that children are the most unhappy in countries such as Britain, where the pursuit of individual success and materials is seen as the most important goal in life and where there are high levels of child poverty.

The Archbishop spoke the day after a report said that the UK was one of the worst places in Europe to be a child. The report compared living standards and levels of satisfaction for children across Europe.

He also highlighted the “appalling statistics” that three children are killed every week in the UK by abuse of violence.

"How is it that so many parents can be incapable of parenting a precious and vulnerable child without neglect or abuse?" he said.

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