“Vatican to Catholic Homeschoolers: ‘I truly admire parents, who take on this great commitment’” (I wasn’t aware the “Vatican” spoke using the first person pronoun. )
Three veterans of the United States Catholic home school movement spent Thanksgiving week in Vatican City meeting with officials of various congregations and councils of the Holy See to discuss the positive results of Catholic home schooling.
... Vatican officials, including cardinals, bishops and monsignors, expressed curiosity about the qualification of mothers and fathers to teach their own children at home, but the three Americans were able to assure them of the ability of parents to teach their children. The Americans reported that home school students consistently outperform their counterparts in institutional schools. Officials were impressed to hear that the 2006 graduate with the highest grade point average at West Point was a graduate of Seton Home Study School.
The response of the Vatican officials was encouraging and positive. Bishop Karl Josef Romer of the Pontifical Council for the Family thanked the home schoolers: “I would like to thank you for your Catholic home schooling initiative that opens up new horizons for the family. I truly admire parents, the mothers and fathers who take on this great commitment and give their children not only food for their bodies and physical well-being, but also all the necessary formation for their minds and instruction in the Catholic Faith, which before being a doctrine, is the lived example of parents themselves. You are the most perfect model of teachers because you live what must shape the lives of your children.”
Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments noted, “The primary educators of children are parents. The child is the child of the parent first, and the parents are the first to answer to God for their children.” He urged parents to, “Train children in a way that gives them hope.”
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