The Church can and does encourage fatherhood and married couples especially through marriage preparation programs, Fabre said, as well as Marriage Encounter retreats that support couples throughout their marriage.
Furthermore, the rise of apostolates geared toward men, such as "That Man is You", show the growing need for providing support for fathers and men in the Christian community, Fabre noted.
"That Man is You" is a Catholic ministry for men that says it "honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers."
The Church is also able to fill in some of the gaps in places where fewer fathers are present, Fabre noted, through mentorship programs at the parish level or through organizations such as the Knights of St. Peter Claver. The Knights of St. Peter Claver is the largest African American Catholic lay organization in the United States, and "provides mentorship and opportunities for young black men to come to know their faith, and that mentorship certainly would get into what does it mean to be a good father," Fabre said.
It's important that the Church emphasize the unique things that fathers and mothers bring to families, Fabre added.
"A mother's love, and a mother's example, are unique. But the role of father is unique as well. The father brings that sense of security and stability, and other things that young men need to come to know," he said. "I think mothers provide a lot, but for a young man to have a father to guide him, and to just listen to him and bounce ideas off of him, and help him to learn from his mistakes, and to make his choice that much sweeter, I think that's the role of a father. I think it's because a father has a particular role, and a mother has a particular role in the family. And children need that."