The family is the fundamental cell of society because it reflects the raw, relational truth of the human person, a truth that points us back to God.
The care of the littlest one is our responsibility, at the local level. It is not for the State to come in and usurp our authority by usurping our responsibility.
Many turn St. Francis into little more than a pagan. He’s a tree hugger, a vegetarian, an eco-radical. But St. Francis understood better than anyone that the gods of merriment lead only to a false world that falls apart.