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Parents, not states, had duty to educate children, Vatican reminds UN

April 26, 2012

The Vatican’s delegation to the UN has decried a “disconcerting trend” to “downplay the role of parents in the upbringing of their children, as if to suggest somehow that it is not the role of parents, but that of the State.”

At a UN meeting on population and development, the Vatican delegation called attention to the 250,000 Catholic schools around the world that “assist parents who have the right and duty to choose schools inclusive of homeschooling, and they must possess the freedom to do so, which in turn, must be respected and facilitated by the State.”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Apr. 28, 2012 9:07 AM ET USA

    Somehow, there seems to be a "reality gap" between what the Vatican does/intends and what the bishops actually do. If at work I tell a subordinate to do a certain thing and instead that person(s) does a "different, even hurtful thing" I am to a large extent resposnsible. To say or act like "the Vatican" is fulfilling its responsiblies when it merely "says" the correct thing but cannot manage the reality of that principle within its own area of jurisdiction is wrong.

  • Posted by: Polycarp - Apr. 27, 2012 12:16 AM ET USA

    It is wonderful the Vatican delegation has made this strong statement. Now we would like to see the US bishops follow suit and actively support parents' rights to choose how to educate their children. In so many places families who homeschool are treated as odd. In particular when it comes to teaching the Faith to their own children. The requirements imposed on these families, in many cases, in order for their children to receive the sacraments is over-reaching not to mention noncanonical.

  • Posted by: Polycarp - Apr. 27, 2012 12:14 AM ET USA

    It is wonderful the Vatican delegation has made this strong statement. Now we would like to see the US bishops follow suit and actively support parents' rights to choose how to educate their children. In so many places families who homeschool are treated as oddballs. In particular when it comes to teaching the Faith to their own children. The requirements imposed on these families, in many cases, in order for their children to receive the sacraments is over-reaching not to mention noncanonical