MADRID, Spain, May 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Sixth World Congress of Families (WCF) Conference is set to take place at Madrid’s Palacio de Congresos, May 25-27, 2012, and is expected to be the largest nondenominational, international gathering of pro-family leaders, scholars, researchers, officials and activists at this venue since the inaugural conference took place in 1997.
Austin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), which is a co-convener of this event, told LifeSiteNews that Spain is the ideal location for this conference due to the passing of anti-family and anti-life legislation foisted on the country by the previous socialist government of José Luis Zapatero.
“Spain has been laid waste by the ‘pelvic left’,” Ruse observed. He said that despite the legalization of abortion and same-sex marriage by the Zapatero regime, “Our host group, HazteOir, along with other pro-life groups in the country have held several demonstrations with over one million participants.”
Based upon the relative populations between the U.S. and Spain, “that would be the equivalent of having 17 million people at the DC March for Life.”
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Ruse told LifeSiteNews that the organizers of the event are hoping for 2000 participants at the Congress and that he will be speaking on international law and how it affects unborn children.
The WCF notes that Spain “has just emerged from 8 years of socialist rule, marked by anti-family policies toxic even by European standards,” and that following “Spain’s liberation from the Zapatero regime,” the country is facing pressing challenges to the natural family which the conference will address.
These include preserving natural marriage in the face of a cultural/political onslaught, the culture of life versus the culture of death, declining birthrates and Demographic Winter, the sexual revolution and the family, freedom of religion and education, and the homosexual lobby’s influence on international institutions and the family.”
Gwendolyn Landolt, National Vice-Chairman of REAL Women of Canada, which is one of 30 Partner organizations supporting the Sixth World Congress of Families Conference, stated, “By becoming a Partner of the World Congress of Families, we are acknowledging and supporting its great work in uniting us all in the most formidable challenge of the 21st century – to protect and promote the natural family.”
The organizers of the World Congress of Families VI state that participants will hear renowned speakers from academic, scientific, religious and political backgrounds on a broad range of topics crucial to the family’s survival, will meet pro-family leaders, activists and scholars from all over the world, will have an opportunity to network with others from six continents who share the same values and concerns.
Previous Congresses took place in Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw (2007) and Amsterdam (2009). The World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam drew participants from over 60 nations on 6 continents.
Information and registration for the Sixth World Congress of Families Conference in Madrid is available on the World Congress of Families website here.