Sunday, October 23, 2016

Amoris Laetitia-Par. 84

84.  The Synod of Fathers also wished to emphasize that "one of the fundamental challenges facing families today is undoubtedly that of raising children, made all the more difficult and complex by today's cultural reality and the powerful influence of the media".94  "The Church assumes a valuable role in supporting families, starting with Christian initiation, through welcoming communities".95  At the same time I feel it important to reiterate that the overall education of children is a "most serious duty" and at the same time a "primary right" of parents.96  This is not just a task or a burden, but an essential and inalienable right that parents are called to defend and of which no one may claim to deprive them.  The State offers educational programmes in a subsidiary way, supporting the parents in their  indeclinable role;  parents themselves enjoy the right to choose freely the kind of education - accessible and of good quality - which they wish to give their children in accordance with their convictions.  Schools do not replace parents, but complement them.  This is a basic prinicple; "all other participants in the process of education are only able to carry out their responsibilities in the name of the parents, with their consent and, to a certain degree, with their authorization".97  Still, "a rift has opened up between the family and society, between family and the school;  the educational pact today has been broken and thus the educational alliance between society and the family in crisis".98

94 Relatio Synodi 2014, 60.
95 Ibid., 61
96 Code of Canon Law, c. 1136; cf. Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, 627.
97 Ponticial Council for the Family, The Truth and Meany of Human Sexuality (8 December 1995), 23.
98 Catechesis (20 May 2015): L'Osservatore Romano, 21 May 2015, p.8.


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