April 25, 2011

The decline of traditional marriage in America continues to affect students' education and the future welfare of the Catholic Church, said a University of Virginia professor.

"The nation's retreat on marriage has made it difficult for many children and young adults to learn and live intellectual virtues that will allow them to pursue an academic vocation to the fullest," said W. Bradford Wilcox, associate professor of sociology and director of the National Marriage Project.

He spoke April 12 at a symposium at the Catholic University of America.

Wilcox said universities need to do a better job of preparing students for marriage, "a vocation that goes right to the heart of the welfare and future of the Catholic Church."