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MarylandARCH - Maryland Area Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers

 

MarylandARCH is state-wide advocacy resource for Catholic homeschooling families in and around Maryland, which includes Catholic homeschooling families in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.) and the Diocese of Wilmington.

 

MarylandARCH strives to bring together information for all Catholic homeschoolers from across the state to share with each other homeschooling news and events, support groups, resources, and especially that which pertains to us as Catholic homeschoolers.

 

MarylandARCH endeavors to be a resource site for those to turn to when trying to find out about Catholic homeschooling in Maryland. MarylandARCH in of itself is not a local support group, it is a resource organization.

 

MarylandARCH supports Vocations - including the Vocations of Marriage, Priesthood, Consecrated Life. This site will include Vocations events for Youth and Young Adults and Families from all the Maryland Diocese's.

 

 

 












MarylandARCH firmly believes and supports -
The Right and Duty of Parents Regarding Education - as written in Familiaris Consortio by Saint Pope John Paul II:

 

36. The task of giving education is rooted in the primary vocation of married couples to participate in God's creative activity: by begetting in love and for love a new person who has within himself or herself the vocation to growth and development, parents by that very fact take on the task of helping that person effectively to live a fully human life. As the Second Vatican Council recalled, "since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among the children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."(99)

 

The right and duty of parents to give education is essential, since it is connected with the transmission of human life; it is original and primary with regard to the educational role of others, on account of the uniqueness of the loving relationship between parents and children; and it is irreplaceable and inalienable, and therefore incapable of being entirely delegated to others or usurped by others.

 

In addition to these characteristics, it cannot be forgotten that the most basic element, so basic that it qualifies the educational role of parents, is parental love, which finds fulfillment in the task of education as it completes and perfects its service of life: as well as being a source, the parents' love is also the animating principle and therefore the norm inspiring and guiding all concrete educational activity, enriching it with the values of kindness, constancy, goodness, service, disinterestedness and self-sacrifice that are the most precious fruit of love.





Cardinal Burke stresses parents as primary educators of their children.

 

In an interview with Life Site News during a break in the Synod on the family (in October 2014), Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, stressed the importance of parents as the primary educators of their children. 

The concept of parents as primary educators is taught by the Church and was given emphasis by the late St. Pope John Paul II.  It is also a founding principle of Voice of the Family, the coalition of life and family groups around the world represented in Rome to assist the Synod Fathers in defending the family.

“The children who come to life by means of the cooperation of their parents with God are given to their parents for their education and upbringing,” said Cardinal Burke. “And it’s actually the parents who choose any kind of outside education that the children receive.”

In a position paper on the subject, Voice of the Family says, “Parental rights are under threat as never before, especially through the imposition of anti-life, anti-family sex education in schools and through the provision of abortion and contraception without parental knowledge.”

Having seen those threats over thirty years ago, St. Pope John Paul II wrote in his 1981 encyclical Familaris Consortio: “Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centres chosen and controlled by them.”

He added, “In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.”
 

Cardinal Burke’s full remarks regarding parents as primary educators can be read on the Life Site News site and video: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/interview-cardinal-burke-stresses-parents-as-primary-educators-of-their-chi













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