Family structure is being hotly debated in the news with several theories being aired as to what is the best environment to raise children.

In an opinion piece in Sunday’s Sun Sentinel, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami acknowledged there will be disputes over sociological data on the subject of parenting.

“A reasonable review of available studies recognizes that children are best raised by a mother and a father,” Wenski wrote.

Father John Joseph Reid of Divine Mercy Chapel in Wilton Manors disagrees and challenged the Archbishop to sweep under his own doorstep.

“Show me, show us,” Reid said in an interview with SFGN. “Go out in your community, Wenski. Go visit the families, knock on the doors and tell us what you find, because I think it will look very different than what you envision.”

In his Sun Sentinel op-ed, Wenski cited Pope Francis’ support for a measure to grant adoptions exclusively to a mother and a father in the Central European country of Slovakia.

“We must,” Francis said, “reaffirm the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.”

Reid said he welcomes all people of faith to his chapel and knows of many situations where children are being raised – lovingly and nurturing – by same-sex and single parent families.

The Florida legislature is currently mulling a proposed bill that would allow state agencies to deny gay adoptions based on religious or moral grounds.


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