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Say what!? – Holy See’s Nuncio to U.N. defends home-schooling

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend Francis A. Chullikatt, Titular Archbishop of Ostra, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations has yesterday delivered to the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council 45th session of the Commission on Population and Development a statement as stunning in its clarity as it is forceful in courage.

Here’s the one line that is positively outstanding: “The Catholic school assists 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.” [bold-emphasis added here]

Click here to read the whole statement.

Here follows the passage containing the above-cited line.

The State has an essential responsibility to assure the provision of educational services, and the right to educate is a fundamental responsibility of parents, religious institutions and local communities. Public institutions, especially at the local level, organizations of civil society and also the private sector, can offer their unique and respective contributions to the attainment of universal access to education. The educational system functions correctly when it includes participation, in planning and implementation of educational policies, of parents, the family, and religious organizations, other civil society organizations and also the private sector. The goal of education must extend to the formation of the person, the transmission of values, a work ethic, and a sense of solidarity with the entire human family. In this educational process, the State should respect the choices that parents make for their children and avoid attempts at ideological indoctrination. As affirmed in international law, States are called to have respect for the freedom of parents to choose for their children schools, other than those established by the public authorities, to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions which equally applies to their right to make judgments on moral issues regarding their children (cf., e.g., UDHR, Article 26, 3, ICESCR, Article 13, 3, and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Article 12, 4). There are about 250,000 Catholic schools around the world. The Catholic school assists 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. Parents must cooperate closely with teachers, who, on their part, must collaborate with parents.

Catholics and men of goodwill wishing to thank His Grace for his brave and clear words may find his contact information at the bottom of this webpage of the Mission.

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