Church Teaching on Parenting

The Catechism on parenting

What does church teaching tell us about family life?  Here are some highlights...

Your home is a holy place!  It is the first school of Christian life well suited to teaching children about the rights of others, thinking before acting, and serving others. The home is also the place parents teach their children about the importance of the spiritual life rather than the pursuit of what the world considers important - money, fame, and as much stuff as possible.

Parents have the privilege and responsibility of passing on the faith to their own children.  They do this by their home life, by teaching their children to pray and by involving their family in the Mass and parish life. The role of parents in educating their children in faith is of great importance and without it there is almost no adequate substitute.  The home is a community of faith, hope and charity - a community of love.

Below are sections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church -

1655-1666 - The Domestic Church

2201-2206 - The Family in God's Plan

2207-2213 - The Family and Society

2214-2220 - The Duties of Children

2221-2231 -  The Duties of Parents

2232-2233 - The Family and the Kingdom

Jesus spoke to them... 'and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:20)

Parents '...will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they also be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do...' (Rite of Baptism)

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