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There’s a ‘better faithful alternative’ to the Vatican World Meeting of Families in Ireland

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DUBLIN, Ireland, July 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A “better, faithful alternative” to the World Meeting of Families will offer Catholics an opportunity to celebrate and share Christ’s vision for marriage and family life based on actual magisterial Church teachings.

A Conference of Catholic Families,” presented by the Lumen Fidei Institute, will be held August 22-23 in Dublin, Ireland, where the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families is taking place.

Conference organizers felt compelled to coordinate the conference, which will feature speakers who are uncompromising on Catholic doctrine, after witnessing the flagrant LGBT push associated with the Vatican’s meeting which will include a visit by Pope Francis.

Where the World Meeting of Families pre-event promotion has signaled that the event favours homosexuality promotion and other deviation from Catholic teaching, coordinators for “A Conference of Catholic Families” have pledged that their simultaneous conference will promote the constant and unchanging teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage and family Life.

Unflagging leaders in Catholic orthodoxy presenting for “A Conference of Catholic Families,” such as Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, will offset unorthodox voices appearing at the WMOF such as Cardinals Blasé Cupich and Christophe Schonborn.

Cardinal Raymond Burke will speak via live video feed about “Restoring a Pro Family Culture,” along with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, also giving a video address on “The situation in the Church and the Secrets of Fatima.”

Catholic concern over the troubling pro-LGBT signals sent throughout the run-up to the WMOF reached a crescendo earlier this month with the announcement that the WMOF will give fervent LGBT lobbyist and editor-at-large for “America” Magazine Father James Martin a platform to disseminate his inexorable LGBT-affirming message.

In its latest awareness raising message “A Conference of Catholic Families” censures the Vatican’s WMOF for “promoting a false anti-Catholic LGBT ideology.”

Mentioning Martin as an official speaker for the event, it terms the controversial Vatican communications consultant as “chief LGBT ideology propagandist within the Catholic Church.”

Countering the Jesuit’s pro-LGBT message in Dublin at “A Conference of Catholic Families” will be LifeSiteNews co-founder and editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen.

Westen’s talk is titled “It's hate not to tell LGBT Catholics gay sex leads to Hell.”

The international roster of Catholic professionals, authors and other speakers for “A Conference for Catholic families” also has Dr. Thomas Ward, president of the National Association of Catholic Families and member of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family; Dr. Gerard van den Aardweg, prominent Dutch Catholic psychologist and psychoanalyst and expert on homosexuality; Dr. Robert Royal, Catholic author and the president of the Faith & Reason Institute; author Dr. José Antonio Ureta, founding member of Fundacion Roman, the leading pro-life and family organization in Chile, and John Smeaton, president of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and co-founder of Voice of the Family.

It also includes Professor Stephane Mercier, the professor fired by the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium for asking his students to consider arguments against abortion and gender ideology, and also Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, the theologian asked to resign last fall by the USCCB as its doctrine consultant after telling Pope Francis in a letter his papacy is marked by “chronic confusion,” and that the pope teaches with “a seemingly intentional lack of clarity.”

In the months since the WMOF’s troubling “catechesis and faith education” period began last fall several red flags have arisen surrounding the event convened by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, headed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell. 

Hard copy promotional material released for the WMOF contained explicit portrayal of a lesbian couple in an intimate embrace as an appropriate form of Christian family. After uproar ensued, the material was reissued minus the images of the lesbian couple.

Further, a video promoting the event has contained obvious pro-LGBT undertones.

And a subsequent call for WMOF volunteers contains language that signal LGBT advocacy.

Registration information for “A Conference of Catholic Families” is available HERE.

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