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From Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society, via the National Catholic Register, comes this ominous warning:
At the Youth Synod in Rome this week, one of the bishops’ discussion groups made some disappointing and ignorant comments about Catholic homeschoolers.
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In one of the English-language discussion groups at the Synod, a summary of the conversation included these disturbing notes:
Home based schools—a model coming from America.
are parents qualified to homeschool them?
Let’s answer that last question first. Yes, parents are qualified to teach their own children. In better times, Catholics could rely on their bishops to support the role of parents as “primary educators.”
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Why is it, then, that the “bishops in USA are not united” in support of home schoolers? The note is chilling in its answer to that obvious question; the bishops of English-language Circle C referred to “an ideological basis.” As Patrick Reilly points out, liberal opponents of home schooling regularly use that term to disparage the home-schooling movement. The “ideological” label, Reilly remarks, is “what faithful Catholic home schoolers endure frequently from fellow Catholics, priests and even bishops—the charge that they are too ‘conservative’ and too ‘moralistic.’”
It’s painful enough that home schoolers are portrayed as “ideological” by champions of the public-school system, in which an increasingly toxic ideology reigns supreme. It’s outrageous that bishops, who should be defending loyal Catholics against this sort of unjustified attack, are instead joining forces with the assailants. Particularly outrageous, because many Catholic families would not be home schooling if the bishops had fulfilled their own responsibilities, and ensured the existence of parochial schools where young people could learn without being subject to the influence of the dominant secular ideology.
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