.- The Knights of Columbus is to launch its âFathers for Goodâ initiative on Tuesday during the opening session of the Catholic fraternal charityâs annual convention in Quebec City. The initiative is aimed at helping men strengthening their marriages and families in a culture that it says âoften does not value fatherhood.â
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson will announce the fatherhood initiative during the delivery of his annual report on Tuesday afternoon. A special website for the initiative will also launch tomorrow.
âFatherhood is a gift, a privilege and a responsibility," Anderson says in a video message on the Fathers for Good website. The way in which men accept the gift of fatherhood, he continues, determines the ways in which they will build up their families and communities.
"By being faithful to our calling as husbands and fathers," Anderson notes, "we are ultimately being faithful to ourselves."
The theme for the website, âA Fatherâs Identity,â is examined in resources meant to help men build a strong, loving, and confident identity in a culture that âoften does not value fatherhood or masculine virtues,â a Knights of Columbus statement says. Future website themes will be determined by votes from visitors.
Featuring videos, podcasts, a bookstore, and opportunities for questions to be answered in e-mail exchanges, the site provides expert advice on how men can be better fathers and husbands and includes information on menâs health and financial issues. It also discusses male spirituality and menâs relationship with God, topics that the Knights of Columbus say are often overlooked at other menâs sites.
In some of the highlighted podcasts, New York Giants Super Bowl champion Chris Godfrey explains how to talk about sex with oneâs children, while pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker delivers a special message to fathers about their relationships with their children.
Addressing a press conference held Monday in Quebec City, Knights of Columbus vice president of communications Patrick Korten explained that the Knights are very aware that this is an election year.
âThere are a few issues that are of extreme interest to us as Catholics and Knightsâ and among these are âthe life issues and marriage,â Korten said.
According to the Knights, the fatherhood initiative flows out of those concerns.
The "Fathers for Good" web site is located at www.fathersforgood.org.