Finally we have a Patriarch addresses the threat of demographic implosion in the West, supports the strengthening of families, and is pro-life. The Catholic Church, to their credit, have been very consistent on these issues for years. We have Orthodox leaders who hold and support these important values, but when an Orthodox Patriarch is a clear at Pat. Kyrill is in his letter below, we can take heart that leadership is increasing.
Secondly, it is important that international efforts such as the World Congress of Families takes place to counter the work of the United Nations and other agencies that have unfortunately inculcated a utilitarian ethic towards human life. The UN promotes many good things, but they also promote abortion and other means of “family planning” that run against not only the moral tradition of Western Civilization, but also the local traditions of the countries they ostensibly help.
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Letter from Pat. Kyrill
KIRILL, PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA.
To the participants of the Moscow Demographic Summit: Family and the Future of Humankind, June 29-30, 2011.
Moscow 26.05.2011. Document # 01/3939.
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
I greet with all my heart the participants of the Summit whose aim is to defend traditional family values and to analyze the world’s demographic problems.
Organized by the World Congress of Families, this forum stands up for inviolability of human life, it speaks out against abortions, so- .marriages., euthanasia, drug addiction and alcoholism.
This event has brought together leading scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs and public figures from many countries. This provides a framework for a fruitful discussion. This also gives us hope that decisions taken here will draw a response from the world.
The family is established by God. The Holy Scripture says the following regarding the creation of the first married couple:
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it (Gen. 1:27-28).
Since the creation of the Universe the family has a special purpose, by renouncing it the human race endangers the very foundation of its own existence.
I am convinced that all the healthy forces of society must unite to preserve the institution of the family and moral values. I hope that presentations by the numerous guests of the Summit will become a testimony demonstrating that the majority of the population of Europe, America, Africa and Asia is united in their determination to defend the family and morality.
I wish that God would help the organizers and participants of the forum and that their work would be crowned with success.
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA.
About the World Congress of Families
Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has sent an official greeting to those attending the “Moscow Demographic Summit: The Family and The Future of Humankind,” which will take place at the Russian State Social University, June 29-30.
The Patriarch observed that the aim of the Summit is “to defend traditional family values and to analyze the world’s demographic problems. Organized by the World Congress of Families, this forum stands up for inviolability of human life, it speaks out against abortions, so-called same sex ‘marriages,’ euthanasia, drug addiction and alcoholism.”
Patriarch Kirill cautioned that, “Since the creation of the Universe, the family (‘established by God’) has a special purpose, by renouncing it, the human race endangers the very foundation of its own existence.”
However, the Patriarch added: “I am convinced that all the healthy forces of society must unite to preserve the institution of the family and moral values. I hope that presentations by the numerous guests of the Summit will become a testimony demonstrating that the majority of the population of Europe, America, Africa and Asia is united in their determination to defend the family and morality.”
World Congress of Families International Secretary Dr. Allan Carlson responded: “We are honored by Patriarch Kirill’s support. We will strive to live up to his expectations and realize his hope that the Moscow Demographic Summit will make an important contribution to the cause of the natural family worldwide.”
The Summit will include discussions of The Demographic Potential of Russia – The Importance of Pro-Family Public Policy in Russia and the West – Demographic Indicators of Developed and Developing Nations – The Crisis of Family: Marriage, Abortion and Contraception – The International Population Control Movement – The Economic Impact of Declining Birthrates – Human Capital and Family-Friendly Business Practices – and Population Aging and Ways to Overcome This and Other Demographic Challenges
Dr. Carlson expressed the hope that “The ‘Moscow Demographic Summit: The Family And The Future of Humankind’ will be an important step in raising international awareness of the threat posed by the rapid, worldwide decline of birthrates, which could be the most daunting challenge confronting humanity in the 21st century.”
Patriarch Kirill has been Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1 February 2009. Prior to becoming Patriarch, Kirill was Archbishop (later Metropolitan) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad beginning on 26 December 1984; and also Chairman of the Orthodox Church’s Department for External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod beginning in November 1989.
Click here: (http://www.worldcongress.org/Special/wcf.kirill.summit.doc) for the full text of Patriarch Kirill’s letter to Summit participants.
Click here for World Congress of Families’ May 27 press release, which lists many of the Summit’s speakers.
For More Information on World Congress of Families, go to www.worldcongress.org. To schedule an interview with Allan Carlson, International Secretary or Larry Jacobs, Managing Director of the WCF, contact Don Feder at 508-405-1337, email@example.com or Lisa Youngblood at 815-964-5819, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois. To date, there have been five World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw, Poland (2007) and Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009). World Congress of Families VI will be held in Madrid, Spain in May 25-27, 2012. World Congress of Families VII will be held in Australia in 2013.