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Bush fatherhood guru to speak at Sydney gathering

US President George W. Bush's top adviser on the family will bring his controversial message on fatherhood, extra-marital abstinence and marriage education to Sydney this weekend as a key speaker at the National Catholic Family Gathering.

Dr Wade Horn, the US Assistant Secretary for Families and Children, will join Christopher West, the world renowned speaker on John Paul II"s Theology of the Body, as the international guests at the Living the Dream gathering.

Dr Horn is the architect of President Bush's controversial $A2.04 billion marriage classes for low-income couples. He has spoken out strongly against men fathering children outside of wedlock and he promotes abstention as the best prevention for fatherlessness.

Christopher West returns to Australia from the US following a hugely successful speaking tour last year during which he packed out venues across the nation with his highly engaging seminars on the Pope's Theology of the Body.

Mr West is the author of two books and numerous articles on the topic. He was an acclaimed speaker at the "Dare to Dream" National Family Gathering in Melbourne in 2000.

The Second National Catholic Family Gathering gets underway today, and runs until Sunday at St Joseph's, Hunter's Hill.

Workshop topics to be covered include The Church's vision for families; Parenting and passing on the faith; When relationships fail; Divorce and beyond - healing and growth; the vocation to be single; spirituality and sexuality; and interdenominational marriages.

Living the Dream will also feature a Youth Fest for teenagers, as well as child care and a children's program.

Key Bush adviser to speak at National Catholic Family Gathering which starts today (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 16/4/04)

Gathering to bolster families (Catholic Leader 18/4/04)
National Fatherhood Initiative
Wade Horn: Closing the Marriage Gap (Crisis 9/6/02)
Christopher West
Theology of the Body
Adelaide Archbishop talks up resilience of family unit (CathNews 14/4/04)
Preparation on schedule for family gathering (CathNews 8/4/04)
National Catholic Family Gathering

16 Apr 2004