Pro-life and pro-family advocates gathered at the Rome Life Forum last month to discuss threats to parental rights and ways to combat the many moral and spiritual crises plaguing society and the Catholic Church.
The theme of the fourth annual Rome Life Forum was “The Family Under Attack: Protecting Parents as Primary Educators.” Speakers emphasized that the controversial exhortation Amoris Laetitia‘s treatment of sex education and the Vatican’s recent sex education program “The Meeting Point” both pose threats to parental rights, which the Catholic Church has long defended.
The Forum took place the week after the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. The Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children (two of whom were just canonized) in Portugal in 1917, warning them of future war and the loss of many souls because of sexual sins. She called the faithful to pray the Rosary every day and make reparation for blasphemy on the first Saturdays of the month. And she asked the Holy Father to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart in union with all the bishops of the world.
Cardinals Raymond Burke and Carlo Caffarra, two of the cardinals who signed the dubia asking Pope Francis for moral clarity on Amoris Laetitia, spoke. Caffarra was the recipient of a letter from Fatima visionary Sr. Lucia that said the final battle between God and Satan would be over marriage and family. He said that abortion and homosexuality show that this battle is here. Burke offered a solution to the turmoil the world faces 100 years after the Fatima apparitions: the explicit consecration of Russia, as requested by Our Lady, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Below are links to the full texts and videos of the speakers’ talks and interviews and coverage from LifeSiteNews.
Talks (with links to videos and summaries)
Watch a clip of Cardinal Burke issuing his historical call for the consecration:
Watch a clip of Cardinal Caffarra discussing Sr. Lucia’s prophesy on the importance of the pro-family cause:
Cardinal Raymond Burke: A historic call for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra: Abortion, homosexuality show ‘final battle’ between God and Satan has come
Bishop Athanasius Schneider: The Catholic family is the first defense against our current ‘great apostasy’
Duke Paul von Oldenburg: In our troubled culture, Catholic parents are more important than ever before
Prof. Roberto De Mattei: How we’ve arrived at today’s unprecedented attacks on the family
Fr. Linus Clovis: We are witnessing St. John Paul II’s prophesy of an ‘anti-Church’
Fr. Francesco Giordano: Church must ‘prioritize’ procreation in marriage to combat abortion, gay ‘marriage’
Matthew McCusker: Catholic prelates are embracing the anti-family agenda. Here’s proof
You can find articles, interviews, and videos from previous Rome Life Forums here.