The Natural Family and The Rebirth of Society

World Congress on Families Asks Physicians for Help The World Congress on Families, which met last week in Warsaw, Poland, announced in its closing declaration that the various threats to the family in Europe are creating a “demographic winter” that can only be healed by the protection and nurturing of the natural family. Love; faithfulness; gift of self as opposed to hedonism; dedication to divine truth in the face of relativism; love for, instead of fear of children; and reverence for human life in the face of discrimination and “extermination of the weakest” are listed by the Congress as among the gifts of the natural family. Healthy natural families are the “natural essence as a community of love and life,” that will bring about the “rebirth of the society.” With plummeting birth rates and aging populations, the Congress said that Europe is facing a “demographic winter”. The fourth World Congress on Families was organized by the Howard Centre for Family, Religion and Society and is starting to be recognized as the leading international congress opposing the “culture of death”. Attendees heard from Margarita Zavala Gomez Del Campo, First Lady of Mexico, who addressed the Congress by letter, writing, “When you protect the family, you are protecting society and the nation.” The First Lady continued, “The topic of protecting the family transcends all because it is in family where we learn the fundamental moral values needed in today’s world – solidarity, respect, responsibility, love and forgiveness.” The Chairman of the US Christian Film and Television Commission, Dr. Ted Baehr spoke at the Congress warning that the American movie and TV...

World Congress of Families Closes After Hearing Strong Pro-Life Speeches

Among other speakers at its closing session, World Congress of Families IV heard from Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, head of the Pontifical Council on the Family, and Margarita Zabala Gomez Del Campo, First Lady of Mexico. The letter from Mexico’s First Lady observed, “Today, more than ever before throughout the world there is a need to think of the family, because when you protect the family, you are protecting society and the nation.” The 3,300 delegates to the Congress brought together pro-life advocates from across the globe to talk about the latest political and social issues. Andrea Summers, student at Arizona State University, said she appreciated her time there. “When I go back to my campus in the fall, I’ll be better prepared to confront abortion advocates,” she said. That platform has no legal binding but is designed to give family advocacy groups from around the world the backing of a larger coalition as the groups lobby their local and national lawmakers. Sessions included: “Pro-Family Initiatives;” “Marriage As a Social Good – Why Get Married?”, “Bioethics – 21st Century Challenge to Human Dignity,” “Beyond The Contraceptive Mentality” and “Legalized Euthanasia or Family Care.” As a euthanasia panelist, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, the president of Human Life International, stated, “When in any society, the natural family is denied its basic rights to care for its members or when it is deprived of its social and legal protections, it very soon becomes victim of the aggressive forces that promote killing on a massive scale and stands before these forces vulnerable to their depredations.” Delegates agreed that much needs to be done to...