|Dr. Tomas Ward, president of the National Association of Catholic Families (United Kingdom)|
Reported at the “FAMILY—DEMOGRAPHY—FUTURE” international conference
(Gdańsk University, Poland, December 3, 2011)
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen it is special privilege to be in Poland some few days after the thirtieth anniversary of the publication the Magna Carta for today’s families. I am of course speaking of Familiaris Consortio and the Charter of the Rights of the Family given to us by Blessed Pope John Paul, the Great.
I wish to contrast two paradigms or blueprints for families worldwide — the Civilization of Love based on God and the current paradigm of aggressive Western atheistic élites — the Culture of Death.
For 40 years I have been a family doctor with a particular interest in the rights of the family in England which has for so many years been the geo-political epicentre of the Culture of Death.
This culture is meeting with increasing opposition in England and is itself dying. We must replace it with the Civilisation of Love, centred on the family. All of my experience in almost forty years in the parents’ rights movement indicates that the first step in the creation of this new civilisation is the restoration of Parents as the Primary Educators and Protectors of their children.
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” (My emphasis)
Kommunistka (1920) “Communism and the Family”
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’”.
Judeo-Christian belief was to be erased by the use of sexual instinct. (Georg Lukacs developed the idea of ’Revolution and Eros’—sexual instinct used as an instrument of destruction)
Intellectuals were to be organised to use the most negative destructive criticism possible of every sphere of life in order to make Western civilisation stink (Willi Munzenberg).
The family and its rights over education were to be eradicated including in the area of sexual and homosexual indoctrination in schools.
The traditional relationships between men and women, the specific roles of fathers and mothers -especially the authority of the fathers -were to be destroyed.
These intellectuals moved to Frankfurt becoming known as the Frankfurt School and then to the United States where they used American commercial, academic and media resources to spread their silent world revolution. http://www.cfnews.org.uk/PEP.htm
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 social engineers on the eradication parents’ rights.
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 )
Lady Helen Brook,
“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)
The General Recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women instruct state parties to ensure the right both to sexual education, to contraception and abortion for girls and adolescents without parental knowledge or consent. Articles 8,12,14,18, 21.
United Nations documents acquire legal force in states which have ratified them. It is particularly difficult for parents to oppose the imposition of such laws in nations which have already ceded much of their sovereignty to supranational bodies such as the European Union.
However 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)
Only eleven days ago the Holy See’s delegate strongly emphasised to the United Nations the indispensible prior role of parents in all aspects of their children’s development and education including in the important area of human sexuality. Before the Third Committee on Item 65(a): Rights of the Child New York, 22 November 2011
Without parental priority, what stands between children and the coercive power of the State.....? Statement of the Holy See 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly Before the Third Committee on Item 65(a): The Girl Child New York, 22 November 2011
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.
I want to explain to you how parental rights have been removed in England.
English clerical liberalism has been an essential ally of the birth control lobby. The crucial year was 1930 when, for the first time in Christian history, the Church of England morally sanctioned contraceptives in marriage. This gave the Anglo-Saxon world, the dominant world culture, the moral justification for contraception.
Contraception has been the locomotive of the sexual revolution. The current head of the Anglican Church teaches that since non pro-creative sex is acceptable in contraception it must logically follow that homosexual acts are justifiable.
In 1963 Lady Helen Brook’ clinics started the “secret” provision of contraceptives for the young. This gradually become generalised.
Contraceptive provision and indoctrination in schools, essential elements of the sexual revolution, have been the locomotive of the removal of parents’ rights. This indoctrination now includes the promotion of homosexuality to children an essential element of the world homosexual revolution.
In 1974 in the U.K parental rights were removed on contraception by the Government upon advice given by the Family Planning Association, a member of IPPF.
In 1984 a Catholic mother of 10 children, Mrs. Victoria Gillick took the Department of Health to court to stop the prescription of contraceptives to under age children without parental permission. In the first court she lost but in the Court of Appeal she won. This victory resulted in doctors being forbidden to give contraceptives to minors without parental permission for the 10 months in which this legal prohibition survived. In this period, for under age girls, the contraceptive uptake fell. Abortion and birth statistics did not rise. They also fell. The case was then referred to the House of Lords which found in favour of contraceptive provision without parental knowledge.
As a result, in 1985, parental rights to consent to general medical treatment were greatly diminished.
In 1994 the Courts removed parental rights to know about their under age child having an abortion in spite of the evidence that all high quality clinical studies show that parental notification in the case of abortion requests reduces underage abortion by
Now schools, including many Christian schools welcome government agencies which are known to Church authorities to be publically committed to giving schoolchildren access to abortion and contraceptives without parental knowledge. Catholic parents are publically resisting this policy of hierarchical collaboration with the State.
In the United Kingdom a legal infrastructure has been laid down for a massive attack on Christian values and therefore on our families. The Sexual Orientation Regulations (2007) seek to privatize and penalize the authentic Christian teaching on human sexuality, marriage and the family. The penalties are draconian. Using these Regulations the civil rights of millions of Christians have been remorselessly overridden by a tiny homosexualist lobby.
This Homosexual Law Reform has grave implications for the rights of Parents as Primary Educators of their Children. It covers the equal employment rights of male and female homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals etc and is to be enforced with the threat of severe legal sanctions.
This May the last Catholic adoption agency was legally suppressed because it refused to sanction homosexual adoptions.
Sadly in their document Diversity and Equality Guidelines 2005 the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales state that they welcome, will implement and will monitor this Government sexual orientation policy within the Church including in schools.
Following the successful model of exporting abortion law reform via the Common Law Jurisdiction the British government is now promoting homosexual law reform via the countries of the Commonwealth, the European Union and other international bodies. Currently the web site of the British Foreign Office provides a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual toolkit to promote these legal changes world-wide.
GBT rights toolkit [PDF]
Such changes would bring a real risk to parents in other countries who try to protect their children from homosexual indoctrination. They could themselves be charged with indoctrinating the “hate crime” of homophobia. There would then be risk of their children being put into care and they would have no legal recourse if the carers appointed were homosexuals.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron has threatened to withhold UK aid from governments that do not reform legislation banning homosexuality. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15511081
The African response:
Ghana “we will not compromise our morals for money”.
Tanzania voiced its readiness to end diplomatic relations with Britain if it imposes conditions on its assistance in order to adopt laws that recognize homosexuality. It also warned that UK policy risked splitting the Commonwealth and Guardian Dar es Salaam
Zanzibar “Let them cut off aid.”
Kenya, Uganda and Malawi and Nigeria have reacted with equal vigour.
What have been the fruits of this radical secular paradigm for the family been in England?
In our Prime Minister’s own words we have a 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 atheistic Culture of Death is dying. We Christians of the West and the East, both of the lungs of Europe, must now 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.
All previous generations have understood this obvious truth. Aristotle 360 years before Christ taught that moral education must take place, primarily in the intimate community of the family, where moral sensibility can be properly developed within a particular framework. Nothing should be allowed to undercut this primacy. (Politics 1262b17-22) (1262b22-23).
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
As Blessed Pope John Paul teaches in Familiaris Consortio:
This right is “primary in regard to the educational role of others, on account of the uniqueness of the loving relationship between parents and children;.... It is parental love that must inspires and enrich education with the values of kindness, constancy, goodness, service, disinterestedness.” Familiaris Consortio N.36
It is “fundamental because it is rooted upon parental transmission of life to and love for their child.” Familiaris Consortio N36
The Russian Orthodox Church in common with the other Orthodox Churches takes the same position.
“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.”
Pope John Paul teaches that:
Iit is irreplaceable and inalienable, and therefore incapable of being entirely delegated to others or usurped by others.
Familiaris Consortio N.36
The Russian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox Churches also teach:
“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 Catholic father of seven children and nine grand children may l share with you some key thoughts on family life:
Some general pointers:
You Christian families are already building this new civilization of love.
This Civilization of Love is your civilization.
It is God’s Civilization
Wy, rodziny chrześcijańskie, już budujecie nową cywilizację miłości. Cywilizacja miłości to Wasza cywilizacja. To cywilizacja Boża.