World Congress of Families V – Program Takes Shape
The program for World
Congress of Families V (Amsterdam, August 10-12) will be posted on the WCF
In the meantime, here’s a partial list of confirmed speakers, along with the
title of their speeches:
Katarzyna Mazela (Vice President, Forum of Polish Women), Theresa Okafor
(Life League, Nigeria) “Report on ‘World Congress of Families Dialogue of
Civilizations’ in Abuja.” Einars and Inesse Slesere, (Latvian Parliament) “Report
on WCF Latvia Inter-Parliamentary/NGO Meeting,” Dr. Allan Carlson (International
Secretary, WCF) “Why We Are Here: The International Perspective,” Dr. Simon
Polinder (head of Dutch LOC) “Why We Are Here: Dutch Perspective,” Cardinal
Ennio Antonelli (President of the Pontifical Council on the Family) “The Work of
Pro-Family Associations in View of the Cultural and Sociological Challenges of
Our Day,” Dr. Michael Farris (founder, The Home School Legal Defense Fund) “The
Right of Parents In Home Schooling,” Fr. Jaroslaw Szymczak (Institute for
Studies of the Family, Warsaw) “The Values of The Faith and Family Approach In
Counseling,” Marie Claire Hernandez (President, Family And Society, Mexico)
“Addiction to Internet Pornography,” Bill Saunders (Management Committee, World
Congress of Families)
”The Rights of The Family,” Enrique Gomez Serrano (Board of Directors, Red
Familia, Mexico) “Sex and Marriage: For Love and For Life,” Julie Baumgardner
(Executive Director, First Things First) “Strengthening Marriages in Your
Community,” Dr. Ted Baehr (Chairman, Christian Film & Television Commission)
“The Impact of Hollywood on Family Values,” Brent Bozell (Chairman, Media
Research Center) “The Contribution of Modern Media to Social and Economic
Development,” Father Maxim Obukhov (President, Life Orthodox Association,
Russia), Dr. Richard Land (president, The Ethics and Religious Liberty
Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) “The Role of Faith and Churches
in Keeping Families Together,” Dr. Margaret Ogola, MD (National Executive
Secretary, Kenya Episcopal Conference, Catholic Health Commission) “The Role of
Health Professionals In Keeping Families Together,” Janice Crouse (Senior
Fellow, Beverly La Haye Institute) “Human Trafficking in Women and Children,”
Steve Mosher (President, Population Research Institute) “The Consequences of
Cultural Preferences for Male Babies,” Don Feder (Communications Director, WCF)
“The Social and Economic Effects of Declining Birth Rates,” Kevin Andrews (MP,
Australia) “Family Policies that Work,” Dr. Byron Calhoun, M.D. (National Medical
Advisor, National Institute of Life Advocates) “How Biotechnology and Ethics
Affects the Family,” Dorothy Patterson (First Lady, Southwest Baptist
Theological Seminary) “Who Wants To Be A Mother In This Time?” Benjamin Bull
(Chief Legal Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund) “The Importance of Religious
Liberty and Freedom of Speech to the Family,” Gwen Landolt (National Vice
President, REAL Women of Canada) “The Importance of Inter-Religious Cooperation
To Family Policy Development: UN, National and Local Levels,” Pat Fagan
(Research Fellow, Family Research Council) “How Can People With Mutually
Exclusive Ways to Family Life Live Together in Free Societies,” and Christine
Vollmer (President, Latin American Alliance for the Family)“Character Education
and Values: The Key to the Future of the Family.”
The foregoing are only some of the confirmed speakers. Space did not permit a
full listing, including panel chairs. Others will be mentioned in the May World
Congress of Families News.
Some invited speakers include Margarita Zavala de Calderon (First Lady of
Mexico), Professor Dr. Jan Peter Baklenende (Prime Minister of the Netherlands),
Mr. Andre Rouvoet (Dutch Minister of Youth and Family), Sir Jonathan Sacks
(Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom) and Dr. Wanda Franz (President, National
Right to Life Committee).
Click here to download the World Congress of Families V flyer.
circulate as widely as possible.)
Click here to register.
Inter-Parliamentary / NGO Meeting – Riga, Latvia
An Inter- Parliamentary Meeting
for pro-family parliamentarians and NGOs will be held in Riga, Latvia, May 15.
The conference will consist of three working groups – “Legislation to Promote
The Natural Family,” “Spiritual Dimensions of The Family,” and “The Challenges
of a Culture of Death.”
Confirmed speakers include: Larry Jacobs (World Congress of Families Managing
Director), Catherine Vierling (General Secretary, European Forum for Human
Rights and The Family), and Inese Slesere and Ainars Bastiks (both members of
the Latvian Parliament). The Meeting is co-sponsored by the Riga City Council
and will be held in Riga City Hall, in the historic Old City of Latvia’s
The Meeting is by invitation only, but profamily parliamentarians and NGOs
For more information, contact Gunta Irbe at
WCF Dialogue of Civilizations, Abuja, Nigeria (June 4-7)
The venue of “World Congress of Families Dialogue of Civilizations” (Abuja,
Nigeria, June 4-7) has been changed to The National Centre for Women’s
Development in Abuja.
A partial list of confirmed speakers at this historic
conference – our first in Africa – include:
Dr. Farooq Hassan (distinguished lawyer and head of the Pakistan Family Forum
and a member of the Planning Committee for World Congress of Families V)
“Civilizational Dialogue and the Future of the Family in The Current
Millennium,” Don Feder (World Congress of Families Communications Director)
“Demographic Winter: The Worldwide Decline of Birth Rates and What It Means for
Humanity’s Future,” Larry Jacobs (World Congress of Families Managing Director)
”The World Congress of Families and WCF V,” Senator Eme Ufot Ekaette (Chairman,
Committee on Women’s Affairs and Youth Development, Nigerian
Senate),“Reproductive and Sexual Rights and the African Women,” Senator Osita
Izunaso (Chairman, Committee on Oil and Gas, Nigerian Senate), Professor Danny
McCain (University of Jos, Department of Religious Studies)“Preserving Family
Values Through Religious Education In Public Schools,” Dr. Ideh Obi and Theresa
Okafor (Directors, Doctors’ Health Initiative and Life League Nigeria) “A
Critique of the African Union’s Plan of Action on the Family: Rights to Social
Services,” and Most Reverend Dr. Valerian Okeke (Archbishop of Onitsha
Archdiocese) “The Family As A Microcosm of Society.”
Click here for more information on the “Dialogue of Civilizations,” available
at the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage website – www.fach-ng.org, where
you can also register online.
Canadian National March for Life – May 13-15 in Ottawa
Campaign Life Coalition
is sponsoring The 12th Annual National March for Life in Ottawa, Canada’s
federal capital, May 13-15.
This year’s March will observe the 40th. anniversary of the legalization of
abortion in Canada. More than 8,000 attended last year’s March, almost half of
The goals of the March are: To witness to policymakers in Ottawa, Canada’s
national capital, To educate those attending the March with some of the best
prolife speakers, To reach the mainstream media (which maintains that Canadians
don’t care about abortion), and To allow pro-life activists from all over Canada
to connect with others who share their commitment to the unborn.
The March will include a Mass and candlelight Vigil (May 13). On May 14th,
there will be a Mass and prayer service, a gathering on Parliament Hill, a march
through downtown Ottawa, testimonies from abortion survivors (Silent No More)
and a Rose Dinner.
There will be a youth conference on May 15, for those 16 to 29 years of age.
Click here to download the National March for Life flyer.
information, contact Wanda Hartlin at 613-729-0379 or
Dr. John Howard Addresses Philadelphia Society
Dr. John Howard, founder of The
Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society (parent organization of World
Congress of Families) addressed the Philadelphia Society in New Orleans on March
28. His speech was titled “Culture Makes or Breaks an Ordered, Free Society.”
In the course of his speech, Dr. Howard remarked,
“No dictatorship or godless
form of government can tolerate any authority superior to its own, so religion
and family are authorities that must be eradicated or, at least, discredited and
Founded in 1964, The Philadelphia Society is a membership organization of
educators, journalists, and business and professional leaders dedicated to
deepening the intellectual foundations of a free and ordered society.
John Howard is the author of “Christianity: Lifeblood of America’s Free
Click here to order his book.
Click here for the full text of Dr. Howard’s speech.
Part II of “Demographic Winter” Scheduled for Release in June
phenomenal success of the documentary, “Demographic Winter: the decline of the
human family,” SRB Documentaries has scheduled the release of Part II – “The
Demographic Bomb: Demography Is Destiny” – for early June.
Part II includes interviews with WCF leaders and scholars, including: Dr.
Allan Carlson, Larry Jacobs, Don Feder, Pat Fagan, Christine Vollmer and Austin
Dissenting voices will be included, among them, Paul Erlich (author of “The
Population Bomb” and father of the modern population-control movement) as well
as the current and former heads of the UN Population Division.
“The Demographic Bomb” will focus on the modern population-control movement
and its impact on the worldwide decline of birth rates. It will also include a
discussion of the economic impact of declining birth rates, including the
current financial crisis.
The Family Research Council, a WCF Partner, is planning a premiere screening
of “The Demographic Bomb: Demography Is Destiny” at its Washington D.C.
headquarters on June 17. For more information, contact James Sunday at
To order a copy of Part I (“Demographic Winter: the decline of the human
to view a 4-minute trailer for the documentary, click here
Bill Saunders To Speak At Anti- Euthanasia Symposium
Bill Saunders, a member
of the World Congress of Families Management Committee, will speak at the Second
International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide at the National
Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia, May 29-30.
Saunders, who did extensive work on euthanasia and stem-cell research, when
he headed the Family Research Council’s Center for Human Life and Bioethics,
will bring greetings from World Congress of Families V and share our common
Alex Schadenberg, chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (a WCF
Partner), who helped to organize the symposium, will chair the panel on
Bioethics at World Congress of Families V.
For more information on the Second International Symposium on Euthanasia and
(registration $199 and $139 for students and those with
disabilities) click here.
April 25 – Larry Jacobs will address the Illinois Lutherans for Life
conference, on Demographic Winter.
May 13-15 – Canadian National March for Life in Ottawa
May 15 – Inter- Parliamentary/NGO Conference, Riga, Latvia
May 29-30 – Second International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
in Lansdowne, VA
June 4-7 – World Congress of Families Dialogue of Civilizations in Abuja,
June 18-20 – National Right to Life Convention in Charlotte, NC
August 10-12 – World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
November 6-7 –
Pro-Life World Congress, Saragossa, Spain
May 24-26, 2010 – Global Summit on the Family, in Moscow
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UGANDA WILL NOT BOW TO FOREIGN PRESSURE TO LEGALIZE HOMOSEXUALITY
According to Nsaba Buturo, minister of state for ethics and integrity, Uganda
will continue to resist pressure from the United Nations and foreign governments
to legalize homosexuality. “Uganda will not be forced to legalize practices that
are illegal, unnatural and abnormal,” Buturo told journalists recently. In a
message to Uganda’s representative to the United Nations, the minister stated:
“They (the UN and foreign governments) have no right to call us names, to call
us extremists.” Buturo said his government would communicate with nations that
share its perspective on homosexual relations. Uganda is considering a
comprehensive law which would make it a criminal offense to promote
homosexuality, especially among youth. Uganda’s stand against homosexuality has
been condemned by international groups seeking to advance the homosexual agenda.
Click here to read a WCF Press release responding to a U.N. statement calling
for the legalization of homosexual relationships
PARLIAMENT CONDEMNS POPE OVER CONDOM REMARKS
By a 95-18
vote, the Belgium parliament condemned the remarks of Pope Benedict XVI on
condoms and the spread of AIDS. During a recent trip to Africa, a continent
ravaged by the epidemic, the Pope said condoms were ineffective and actually
exacerbated the problem. The resolution demanded that the Belgian government
“react strongly against any state or organization that in the future brings into
doubt the benefit of using condoms to prevent the transmission of the AIDS
virus” – thus raising condom advocacy from medical issue to political dogma. Dr.
Edward C. Green, a senior researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health,
says “current empirical evidence” supports the Pope. Based on his evaluation of
said evidence since 2003, Green observes that “condoms have not worked as an
intervention in the population-wide epidemics of Africa.”
Click here to
sign a petition supporting the Pope.
DECLARATION SUPPORTS HUMAN LIFE
On March 17,
more than 1,000 Spanish professionals signed “The Madrid Declaration, in favor
of human life.” Signers included lawyers, professors, psychiatrists,
pediatricians and gynecologists. The Declaration states that human life begins
at conception, when the “unique genetic identity” of the individual is
established. Monica Lopez, a doctor of biomedicine and consultant to the United
Nations on bioethics, observed, “The single-cell embryo, or zygote, is a human
life and an individual of the human race.” Dr. Lopez argued that humanity is not
conferred by virtue of the number of cells an individual has or “the number of
kilos he weighs.” A subcommittee of the Spanish Congress has proposed lowering
the age at which a woman will be allowed to have an abortion without parental
consent. The Declaration demands that women be provided with information which
will allow them to make an informed choice, including information on
information, contact Foro Espanol de la Familia, by clicking here.
ADVISOR TO U.S.
SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON SAYS EARTH’S POPULATION EXCEEDS “LIMITS OF
a science advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, told the BBC “One
Planet Program” that – despite the worldwide decline in birth rates – there are
too many of us on the planet. “We need to continue to decrease the growth rate
of global population; the planet can’t support many more people. There are
probably already too many people on the planet,” Fedoroff told an interviewer.
(According to the UN Population Division, with current resources the earth could
probably support a population of 30 billion, roughly 5 times the current
population.) The documentary “Demographic Winter: the decline of the human
family” discusses the worldwide decline of birthrates, more than 50% in the past
30 years. Presently, nations with 50% of the world’s population have below
replacement birth rates. By 2030, the worldwide average will be below
Click here to
order the DVD, “Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family” or to watch
a 4-minute trailer for the documentary.
World Congress of Families: Profiles
This continues our regular feature celebrating the women and men
who have contributed to the growing success of the international pro-family
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer became president of Human Life International in
December 2000. A World Congress of Families Partner, HLI is the world's largest
international pro-life organization with affiliate offices and associates in
eighty-seven countries around the world. In seven years of service to this
unique mission, Fr. Euteneuer has traveled more than 950,000 miles as a pro-life
missionary and has visited 57 countries.
Fr. Euteneuer was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1962, the fourth of seven
children born to Joseph and Mariann Euteneuer. He has a Bachelor's degree in
Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana as well as a Licentiate
degree in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He
is fluent in Spanish.
While in college, Fr. Euteneuer participated in the Marine Corps Officer
Candidate Program, attended boot camp at Quantico, Virginia and graduated at the
top of his Company. After discerning that the Lord was calling him to the
priesthood rather than the military, he entered the seminary. After his
ordination in 1988, Fr. Euteneuer served as a parish priest in five parishes of
the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, secretary to the diocesan bishop, director
of vocations, and spiritual moderator for the diocesan Respect Life Office.
His pro-life activity began in the early years of his priesthood with prayer
vigils, pilgrimages, pickets at abortion clinics, sidewalk counseling and
establishing a crisis pregnancy center across the street from an abortion clinic
in 1999. Since becoming president of HLI, Fr. Euteneuer has spoken directly to
tens of thousands of people all over the world, spreading the Gospel of Life as
well as making many appearances on EWTN and other broadcast media.
He has been featured in Human Events and Envoy magazine and has appeared on
local and national television many times. His now-famous Fox News interview with
Sean Hannity on the subject of contraception has brought both praise and
criticism for his defense of Church teaching. He received the John Cardinal
O'Connor Award for Life from Legatus in 2005 and the "Soldier of the Church
Militant" Award from the Brent Society in 2007.
Click here for the Human Life International website
Dr. Charmaine Yoest is President & CEO of Americans United for Life (a World
Congress of Families Partner), the first national prolife organization in the
nation, whose legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before
the United States Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.
Dr. Yoest began her career in The White House during the Reagan
Administration and recently served as a Senior Advisor to the 2008 Huckabee for
President Campaign. She is also the co-author of “Mother in the Middle,” an
examination of childcare policy, published by HarperCollins.
A regular political commentator, Dr. Yoest has appeared on all of the major
networks and cable stations. Dr. Yoest is quoted regularly in the print media,
and has been published widely.
Dr. Yoest has also testified before committees of both the United States
House of Representatives and Senate.
Previously, Dr. Yoest served as Director of the Family, Gender and Tenure
Project at the University of Virginia, a nationwide study funded by the Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation. She was also a recipient of Mellon, Olin, Bradley and
Kohler Fellowships, the last from the Howard Center. She also served as a Vice
President at the Family Research Council, one of the largest pro-family public
policy organizations in the country, and a World Congress of Families Partner.
Dr. Yoest has a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia. She and
her husband, Jack, live with their five children in the Washington, DC area.
Click here for the Americans United For Life website
World Congress of Families is delighted to welcome three new Co-Sponsors. Along
with our Partners, these organizations will play an integral role in World
Congress of Families V (Amsterdam, August 10-12)
NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE
National Right to Life (www.nrlc.org)
is the largest single-issue, grassroots pro-life organization in the United
States. Founded in 1973, NRLC, is a federation comprised of 50 state affiliates
and 3,000 local chapters nationwide. The work of National Right to Life is
divided among three main entities: the National Right to Life Committee, which
focuses on passing life-affirming legislation at the federal and state levels
that protects unborn children and helps their mothers; the National Right to
Life Educational Trust Fund conducts extensive research of the abortion industry
and the impact of abortion on the nation, and produces fact-sheets and
full-color brochures designed to help pro-lifers educate their communities about
abortion and the humanity of the unborn child; and the National Right to Life
Political Action Committee (www.nrlpac.org),
the nation’s largest pro-life political action committee which works to elect
pro-life men and women to Congress and the Presidency.
Of particular note among National Right to Life’s activities, is “the
pro-life newspaper of record,” the National Right to Life News (www.nrlc.org/news)
– published monthly -- which provides subscribers with the latest news and
information affecting the pro-life movement in the United States and abroad.
Since 1985 it has produced a five-minute daily radio program, Pro-Life
that is aired on radio stations nationwide. And, through the Horatio R. Storer
Foundation, an outreach organization, National Right to Life supports academic
research and works in the Research Bulletin of the Association for
Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change (www.abortionresearch.us)
and Issues in Law and Medicine, published by the National Legal Center for the
Medically Dependent and Disabled.
Most recently, through
www.stoptheabortionagenda.com, National Right to Life
has been rallying pro-life Americans to fight the radical pro-abortion agenda of
Barack Obama and his administration, which threatens many of the life-saving
gains that have been made in the last three decades.
The National Right to Life Committee’s 2009 convention will be held June
18-20 at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Click here to register.
For more information on becoming a World Congress of Families Co-Sponsor,
click here or contact
Don Feder –
firstname.lastname@example.org (508-405-1337) or Larry Jacobs-
Founded in 2001, HatzeOir.org’s mission is to promote Spanish
citizens’ participation in politics. It believes this is the best way to recover
the dignity of a true and just democracy and to make the governing of Spain a
participatory event for all citizens during the four years that pass between
H azteOir.org believes that the interest of the public comes before the
interests of politicians, parties, and the state, that politics is essentially a
service to the community, and that leaders must listen to the public.
From both humanitarian and Christian concepts of society, only by protecting
values such as liberty, justice and solidarity can citizens retain their rights
HazteOir.org seeks to contribute to the construction of a fair society in
favor of all citizens, regardless of sex, religion or origin. Its projects
promote: 1. political participation 2. human dignity and 3. the value and
integrity of human life.
HazteOir.org focuses on the pro-life battle and opposes efforts by the
nation’s socialist government to weaken restrictions on abortion. It was the
principal organizer of the March 29 Marches for Life -- conducted in 80 cities
across Spain -- that brought half-a-million to the streets of Madrid under the
slogan: “There is no right to kill. There is a right to life.”
Click here for the website of HazteOir.org, in Spanish.
PRIESTS FOR LIFE / GOSPEL OF LIFE
Priests for Life (PFL), founded in the United States and a Private
Association of the Faithful since 1991, is dedicated to ending abortion and
proclaiming the Gospel of Life around the world. PFL acts in communion with the
Magisterium of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, working within the structure of
the Church to infuse it with pro-life vigor, enthusiasm and effectiveness under
the leadership of Fr. Frank Pavone. More than 70,000 active lay and religious
souls comprise Priests for Life / Gospel of Life now working in 85 countries
where they motivate priests, train and encourage the laity, and link up lay
projects with the leadership of the clergy.
The organization’s ministries have expanded over the years to include the
interdenominational Silent No More Awareness Campaign in which women and men
speak out publicly about the devastating emotional and physical pain of
abortion, and Rachel’s Vineyard offering weekend retreats for souls hurting from
abortion, in places as diverse as Ecuador, Australia, Cameroon and Ireland. Fr.
Pavone’s Defending Life television series is broadcast weekly in numerous
countries on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). Priests for Life
distributes pro-life materials addressing all aspects of abortion and euthanasia
and operates a Speakers Bureau through which PFL priests and pro-life leaders
preach at parishes and give presentations at conferences and events.
Additionally, Priests for Life operates on the global stage as a Non-
Governmental Organization (or NGO) with Special Consultative Status with the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It has worked closely with
the Pontifical Council for the Family for many years.
Through its various international ministries, Priests for Life / Gospel of
Life is continuously active and provides clear and compassionate pro-life
teaching and action.
Click here for the website of Priests for Life – updated daily! – and sign up
for Fr. Pavone’s biweekly Pro-Life Commentary.
Click here to order Fr. Pavone’s book “Ending Abortion; Not Just Fighting
Click here to read about PFL’s international outreach and resources.
Also, click here for Hispanic Outreach with Spanish video clips and
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