|Dr. Thomas Ward, Founder and former President of the National Association of Catholic Families, Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life|
Addressed at the round table
“Maintaining Family Values in the 21st Century
(Family as the key to resolve all major problems of the humankind)”
that took place within the framework of
World Public Forum
“Dialogue of Civilizations”
(October, 2011, Rhodes, Greece)
Madam Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,
our Forum’s invitation to analyse the viability of global civilisation is timely.
The word viability is from the French vie, life and able capable of—so capable of life. Of course, a viable civilisation depends upon the viability of its basic units, its families.
My topic is the viability of the current paradigm of Western elites for the families of the world.
Alexandra Kollontai (1872—1952), the first Soviet People’s Commissar for Social Welfare, wrote in 1920:
“Communist society will take upon itself all the duties involved in the education of the child”
Kommunistka (1920) “Communism and the Family,” . (my emphasis)
In 1922 Lenin called a meeting of Marxist intellectuals to study why the Bolshevik revolution had not spread to the West. According to the major conservative thinker Ralph de Toledano:
“this meeting was perhaps more harmful to Western civilization than the Bolshevik Revolution itself'”.
This silent revolution in the West has never stopped.
For example Saul Alinsky who died in 1972 was an American transitional Marxist. He supported the Frankfurt School’s “long march through the institutions”, churches, trade unions and existing political parties. He dedicated his creed in Rules for Radicals to Lucifer, whom he called the “first radical.”
His two best known disciples are Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. Surprisingly in 2010 our U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron claimed Alinsky as the inspiration for his Government’s present agenda for Britain. This agenda was promoted in a local parish a few weeks ago.
Some quotes from leading eradicators of parents’ rights to educate and protect their children:
Dr. Brock Chisholm (1896—1971), the first Director of the World Health Organisation in 1948, wrote:
‘Children have to be freed from.. .. religious and other cultural “prejudices” forced upon them by parents and religious authorities…
He went on to explain how:
…sex education should be introduced in the 4th grade, (i.e. 9 to10) eliminating “the ways of elders” if necessary by force. (my emphasis)
(Valerie Riches, ‘Sex & Social Engineering’ 1986)
A Family Planning Association spokeswoman:
“Parents – they’re the most dangerous people of all,” (my emphasis)
The Times, 5 April 1974 (Valerie Riches, ‘Sex & Social Engineering’ 1986 )
“It is now the privilege of the Parental State to take major decisions—objective, unemotional, the State weighs up what is best for the child...” (my emphasis)
Lady Helen Brooks Letter, The Times, 16 February 1980
IPPF (Headquarters in London):
“Parents… do not have ‘rights’ over their children.” (my emphasis)
“IPPF defines young people as all people between 10 and 24 years of age.” (my emphasis)
“All young people must be able to choose from a full range of contraceptives including the latest advances in contraception.” (my emphasis)
Germany 2006: In Konrad v.Germany the European Court of Human Rights ruled that German Christians did not have the right to home school because it believed that it would set up “parallel societies.” (my emphasis)
Germany 2009: Ten Christian parents who refused to allow their 10 year old children to attend compulsory sex classes have now completed a second prison term (43 days) during which the State exercised even greater control over their children.
But the corpus of law protecting your rights as parents is overwhelming, particularly The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1949, which starts:
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind…
and later continues:
The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State. Article 16 (3) (my emphasis)
Because Hitler had used the educational system to indoctrinate children the drafting committee added: (Professor Mary Ann Glendon, A World Made New)
Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. Article 16 (3) (my emphasis)
This prior right to educate ones children with the support of society and the state is a fundamental human right which should be enshrined in every national constitution in the world.
How was this prior right removed in England?
This indoctrination now includes the promotion of homosexuality.
The consequence—our broken society
Our Prime Minister speaking after the riots confirmed that our society is broken, immoral and irresponsible:
“If we want to have any hope of mending our broken society, family and parenting is where we’ve got to start…..(my emphasis)
“The potential consequences of neglect and immorality on this scale have been clear for too long...” (my emphasis)
“Children without fathers; schools without discipline... crime without punishment; rights without responsibilities...
So our Culture of Death is dying. We, the Christians of East and West, both of the lungs of Europe, must replace it with God’s Civilization, the Civilization of Life based on love within the family.
The Holy Church of God can not accomplish its mission in society except through the family and its mission. Ladies and gentlemen, we have to go to the entire world to tell everyone that social, cultural, economic and political life must be “for” the family, and no longer “at the cost of” the family.
The first step towards this new civilization is to restore to parents their right to educate and protect their children in conformity with their moral and religious convictions. Parents are the primary educators of their children.
This right is God given in the Commandment:
“Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12).
It is affirmed by Our Lord in His teaching and in his His life.
“..He went down with them to Nazareth, and lived there in subjection to them, And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And so Jesus advanced in wisdom with the years.” Luke 2.51-52
This right is fundamental. It is founded upon parental transmission of life to and love for their child.
The Social Doctrine of the Russian Orthodox Church teaches:
“Children become fruits of their love and communion, and their birth and upbringing belong, according to the Orthodox teaching, to one of the most important goals of marriage.”
This right is inalienable.
It is irreplaceable.
Again, as the Social Doctrine of the Russian Orthodox Church teaches:
“The role of family in the formation of the personality is exceptional; no other social institution can replace it...”
As a family doctor and a Christian father of seven children and nine grand children, I will share with you my own thoughts on family life.
Your homes where your children learn to love by knowing that you love them are the cradles of the new civilization.
Your example as good Christian parents provides the role model for the next generation. Children will naturally absorb sound attitudes on love, marriage and the true meaning of sexuality from good parents.
Confidently forbid any damaging sex instruction. Teach each child individually the beauty of chastity, modesty and sexuality as appropriate to his or her maturity. Only you are in the position to know what, when and how.
Form associations of families.
Encourage your children to intensify their Christian lives through family prayer and closeness to the Church.
Such beautiful families are the Civilization of Life.
A new Civilization of Life is dawning.
The Civilization of Life is God’s civilization.
It is your civilisation.