Saturday, May 6, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 279

279.  Nor is it good for parents to be domineering.  When children are made to feel that only their parents can be trusted, this hinders an adequate process of socialization and growth in affective maturity.  To help expand the parental relationship to broader realities, "Christian communities are called to offer support to the educational mission of families",297 particularly through the catechesis associated with Christian initiation.  To foster an integral education, we need to "renew the covenant between the family and the Christian community".298  The Synod wanted to emphasize the importance of Catholic schools which "play a vital role in assisting parents in their duty to raise their children... Catholic schools should be encouraged in their mission to help pupils grow into mature adults who can view the world with the love of Jesus and who can understand life as a call to serve God".299  For this reason, "the Church strongly affirms her freedom to set forth her teaching and the right of conscientious objection on the part of educators".300

297 Catechesis (20 May 2015): L'Osservatore Romano, 21 May 2015, p.8.
298 Catechesis (9 September 2015): L'Osservatore Romano, 10 September 2015, p.8.
299 Relatio Finalis 2015, 68.
300 Ibid., 58