community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families;
it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.
Children in turn contribute to the
growth in holiness
Each and everyone should be generous and tireless in
forgiving one another for offenses, quarrels, injustices, and neglect.
Mutual affection suggests this. The charity of Christ demands it.
Parents’ respect and affection are expressed by the care
and attention they devote to bringing up their young children and
providing for their physical and spiritual needs.
As the children grow
up, the same respect and devotion lead parents to educate them in
the right use of their reason and freedom.
As those first responsible for the education of their chil
dren, parents have the right to
choose a school for them
corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental.
As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that
will best help them in their task as Christian educators.
authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and
of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise.
When they become adults, children have the right and
choose their profession and state of life.
They should assume
their new responsibilities within a trusting relationship with their
parents, willingly asking and receiving their advice and counsel.
Parents should be careful not to exert pressure on their children
either in the choice of a profession or in that of a spouse. This
necessary restraint does not prevent them—quite the contrary—
from giving their children judicious advice, particularly when
they are planning to start a family.
Some forgo marriage in order to care for their parents or
brothers and sisters, to give themselves more completely to a
profession, or to serve other honorable ends. They can contribute
greatly to the good of the human family.
48 § 4.