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From May 15-18, 2016, pro-family leaders from around the globe met in Tbilisi, Georgia, for the World Congress of Families X. At every meeting of the World Congress, a Declaration is delivered at the closing session. Below is the Tbilisi Declaration, which was adopted by acclamation at the closing session of WCF X. The four short essays following it have been adapted from talks originally delivered at that Conference.
We delegates to the World Congress of Families X have gathered in the ancient and honorable land of Georgia, in the venerable and beautiful city of Tbilisi, at a time of great historic import. During the last several decades, a titanic global contest over the nature of society and the fate of children has been taking form. It has now come to a head.
On the one side are gathered forces combining revolution with retrogression, novelty with depravity, and cries of liberation with a new slavery. This movement elevates sexual desire and atomistic individualism to the highest of human values. It denies any natural order to human life. And it degrades children into nuisances or tools to serve adult ends.
On the other side are those who defend the natural family. We affirm the wisdom embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society, entitled to protection by society and the state.” We hold that human beings are by nature social, conjugal, and procreative. We see in the Creation a divine moral order that seeks to protect and nurture children.
In this context, it is distressing to find many Western nations, transnational bodies such as the European Union, and large corporations joining the cause of the sexual revolution. Yet it is hopeful to see the young nations of Africa and Asia and many of the lands recently freed from the yoke of Communism rallying behind the natural family.
Today, the Republic of Georgia is a pivot point in the great contest over the human future. Accordingly, we delegates to this Congress affirm the following truths:
Relative to events in the year 2016, such truths point to specific propositions: