Qatar conference calls for societal strengthening of parenthood
Published: December 2, 2004
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Responsible parenthood is the basis of family life, which must be promoted and protected by society and the state, said participants at an international meeting on family issues in Doha, Qatar. Representatives from many countries, religions and organizations attended the Nov. 29-30 Doha International Conference on the Family, sponsored by the emir of Qatar, to discuss how to protect the traditional family structure that many see as under attack from secular forces. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, who heads the Pontifical Council for the Family, told the conference Nov. 30 that parenthood has been devalued in contemporary life and that it is in any state's best interests to enhance the parent's role in society. A copy of the cardinal's speech was released by the Vatican Dec. 2.
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