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Fact of Life

BY The Editors

April 25-May 8, 2010 Issue | Posted 4/20/10 at 11:00 AM

 

More households are home to multiple generations, according to the Pew Research Center.

“In 2008, an estimated 49 million Americans, or 16% of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation,” a recent report stated. “In 1980, this figure was just 28 million, or 12% of the population. … Our report finds that from 2007 to 2008, the number of Americans living in a multigenerational family household grew by 2.6 million.”

These family communities can illustrate No. 2204 of the Catechism: “‘The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason it can and should be called a domestic church.’ It is a community of faith, hope and charity.”