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September 30, 2003
Fr. Stravinskas' Problems with Homeschooling

Lynn's letter evoked a revealing response by Fr. Stravinskas, which was published in the same issue of The Catholic Answer (May/June 2003). Immediately following Fr. Stravinskas' response to Lynn was an article by Msgr. Clarence Hettinger, which appears to be a "back up" of Fr. Stravinskas' opinions in the form of Msgr.'s interpretations of Canon Law. Excerpts of that article, entitled "Canon Law on Homeschooling," will follow shortly.

Fr. Stravinskas began his response by informing Lynn that he printed her letter "because it encapsulates so much of what I find problematic in so much of the homeschooling movement." He then summarized his viewpoints, using Lynn's reasons for homeschooling as the excuse to condemn homeschooling in general. Father's summary was made up of nine points.

To quote excerpts from this public, published reply from a Catholic priest, who "should" - as an "alter Christus" - always respond with wisdom, understanding, prudence, and, above all, charity:

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"1. Coming across loud and clear is an attitude which suggests that you and your husband (and family) are better than the rest of the sinners in your parish. Proof of that fact is that you participate in weekly Eucharistic Adoration and practice NFP..."

"2. Doing things 'on the spur of the moment' is not particularly conducive to the development of healthy patterns of behavior for life. Discipline and routine must be learned at any early age. The great failure of so much nonsense that passed for education in the 1970's was imbued with the same psychology you are espousing now: Johny should feel free to do what he wants when he wants. You're just adding your own whims to Johny's."

"3. You assert that if you had 'even the most orthodox Catholic school' you would not use it. That is disobedience to the will and law of the Church. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council...are eminently clear on this point: Catholic schools are to be used by Catholic parents whenever and wherever such schools are available."

"4. You speak of 'hand[ing] over' your children to the Church as though she is a monster who cannot be trusted. A truly Catholic attitude sees the Church as the family of God. Indeed, the family of the Christian home obtains its identity from the family, which is the whole Church - not the other way around. I would speak of 'handing over' children to an institution I did not trust (like a government school) but not to that body which Sacred Scripture tells us is our Mother and Christ's bride. It is not an accident that Catholics refer to their full-time workers in the apostolate by family names (Father, Sister, Brother, Mother), thus underscoring that all life in the Church is essentially familial. That notion never surfaces in your comments."

"5. Regarding daily Mass for grade-school children, I would make two points. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, I never heard of children being taken to church every day or even once a week....Personally (both as a priest and an educational psychologist), I am not at all in favor of daily Mass for little ones. I do favor making it available for those in junior and high school. Familiarity breeds contempt, in my judgment and experience."

"6. You speak of some homeschoolers as being 'independent-minded.' With all due respect, I must say that the entire tone of your presentation is nothing but 'independent-minded.' You say that you don't want to be alienated from the bigger community of the Church, but apparently the way that should happen is by everybody else coming around to support your agenda. That's independence, writ large, in my estimation - a rather Protestant trait, too."

"7. Your criteria for even considering a Catholic school have no correspondence to reality...St. Thomas More wrote a book about a place he called 'Utopia': it seems you wish to create it in your own set of circumstances."

"8. If Catholic elementary and secondary schools are such a source of temptation to apostasy, why would you even be interested in Catholic institutions of higher learning, which, objectively speaking, have caused serious difficulties in all too many places over the past 35 years? While I nearly unconditionally recommend Catholic grade and high schools, I am always much more cautious at the next level because of the track record..."

"9. Finally, as regards The Catholic University of America...some of your concerns strike me as odd. What's wrong with discussing evolution? The Pope himself has talked about it freely and positively (within the proper parameters). The government doesn't force (and can't force) a professor to discuss a topic he doesn't wish to entertain. When I was a high school administrator, dances were the bane of my existence...I did everything possible to stave off "bump and grind" displays, but every so often "even Homer nods." Again, that's a part of life in an imperfect word and, yes, to some degree, an IMPERFECT CHURCH." (emphasis KIC's).


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"Lynn's Letter" on Homeschooling

It appears that an article entitled "In Search of an Authentic Commitment to Education (Nov/Dec 2002 issue of The Catholic Answer) by Fr. Vincent Rogers (since found guilty of soliciting prostitution; see preceding post) was the catalyst for a homeschooling mother's email letter to the magazine. The mother's only desire was to explain why she and her husband chose to homeschool. The lady's name was provided in the magazine, but we will only identify her here as "Lynn."

In the first paragraph of her letter, Lynn wrote that she wished to respond to Fr. Rogers' comment, "The home schoolers seem unwilling to entrust their kids to my parish school, which is authentically Catholic, even though their original justification for yanking (sic) their kids from Catholic schools or never putting them in to begin with was that the Catholic schools weren't really Catholic. So why don't they send their children to a parish school like mine?"

Unfortunately, sincere as Lynn was, her reasons for homeschooling were not exactly the "cream of the crop" or "water tight" examples to share with an editor - in this case, a Catholic priest - who was already hostile to the idea of homeschooling.

As will be seen when one reads Lynn's letter, she made no explicit mention of Church teaching, the role of parents as the primary (meaning "above" all others) educators, etc. That said, I defend the lady for the three following reasons: she has every right to homeschool, she sounded sincere and she wrote politely. However, the "honey of kindness" was not returned. In fact, one might ponder if Lynn's letter was printed out of the many received in response to Fr. Rogers' previous article simply because she left too many "loopholes" and it appears that Fr. Stravinskas, editor of The Catholic Answer, could not resist to take advantage.

"Lynn's Letter" on Homeschooling

Before sharing the following letter as it appeared in May/June 2003 issue of The Catholic Answer, I wish to make it clear that I do not agree with Lynn in every circumstance, especially her agreement with Fr. Rogers that "loyalty to the Catholic faith takes a back burner to loyalty to the parish or school" or her view of what homeschooling (i.e., Catholic education) is or isn't about.

That said, Lynn's letter is shared below, to be later followed by excerpts of responses from Fr. Stravinskas and Msgr. Hettinger.

~ MCB

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From the "Class Debate" column of "The Catholic Answer," May/June 2003 issue.

Q. This letter is in response to "In Search of an Authentic Commitment to Education" (November/December 2002), by Father Vincent Rogers. I enjoyed his article and agree that (1) loyalty to the Catholic faith takes a back burner to loyalty to the parish or school, and (2) parents are uncomfortable when their children's level of obedience to the Faith begins to supercede theirs. I would like to respond to the following Father Rogers comment: "The home schoolers seem unwilling to entrust their kids to my parish school, which is authentically Catholic, even though their original justification for yanking their kids from Catholic schools or never putting them in to begin with was that the Catholic schools weren't really Catholic. So why don't they send their children to a parish school like mine?"

Born in 1962, I am the product of public schools and reputable universities. I am the mother of six homeschooled children. We began homeschooling our first grader in 1994, after he spent one year in the public school. Overcrowding, mediocrity, inadequate socialization and insincerity provided the impetus to begin homeschooling. As for Catholic schools: conformity, possibly slighter academics and a different type of socialization occurred.

As a couple who practiced natural family planning, attended Mass and adoration at least once a week, and had five children, I was not sure of what value the parochial school offered. What started out as an academic endeavor turned into a family adventure. We were able to volunteer during the day, visit ill or needy friends, and take vacations when we wanted. My husband and high school son were able to attend a Wanderer Forum conference on a Friday in November because we have the flexibility of homeschooling.

Homeschooling is not about shielding our children from institutions that do not serve us well; it is about deepening the family bond. We are likely to develop a special relationship with God if we can first accomplish healthy relationships within the family.

During the past two years, our spirituality and religious practices have become important. My husband and I believe that if we had the most orthodox Catholic school in our neighborhood, we would not enroll our children and here is why: Our relationship with our children and with God will be stronger if we journey in the Faith and in life together. If I delegate this responsibility to others, I would have no need or reason for immersing myself in the Faith like I am doing now.

We must solicit the help of our priests and community to aid us in our job as primary educators, but we should not hand our children over to them. Sometimes I've felt that an additional weekly Mass is not enough. What about attending Mass during the week on a particular saint's day, for a special intention, or on the spur of the moment? You can't do that if your child is enrolled in a Catholic school.

We are able to choose from three daily Masses, and we can go to weekly confession on Wednesdays. My goal right now is to attend daily Mass once a week and, as my newborn grows older and I achieve a better balance in my life, I want to attend Mass every day. Receiving the Eucharist is one of the greatest gifts of our Faith.

I've always wondered why Catholic-school students do not attend Mass every day. It seems convenient enough if the church is located on the grounds of the school.

Homeschoolers must utilize resources if they are to be successful. Although many homeschool families are independent-minded, we are social creatures who do not want to be isolated or alienated from our parishes. I view homeschoolers not as people who are "over there doing their own thing," but families who have simply made different choices, based on a personal vision or as a result of special circumstances (such as disabled or gifted children).

We did not "yank" our kids from an inadequate schooling system. Rather, we desire excellence and strive to live out our unique family mission. It's not that I don't trust certain schools, but we approach our home-schooling efforts very passionately and have found this lifestyle very rewarding and filled with love. I don't think I could say that if I were sending my children to any school for a majority of the day.

Under what circumstances would I send my children to a Catholic school? The instructors would have to be competent and traditional; the class size could not exceed seven or eight; the school day would be no more than three hours; there would be minimal behavioral problems or class disruptions; and the children would come from families with a deep commitment to the Faith.

P.S. Suggestion for a future topic: Catholic colleges. After reading the book "The Snakebite Letters" by Peter Kreeft, and investigating the value of Catholic colleges, my husband and I wonder if those institutions will provide moral and academic excellence for our children. Of what value is a Catholic school if our children gain superior academic training while losing their virginity?

A homeschooling friend of mine has her freshman daughter enrolled in The Catholic University of America and told me that during the first week of classes (1) the priest-professor was required to present a discussion on evolution (I think because the university accepts funding which requires them to say things contrary to the Faith), and (2) the first student dance included the "bump and grind" - a very suggestive, immodest dance. I am no puritan or prude, but I do not care to donate $30,000 a year where this is part of the culture.

---Lynn M. G, via email


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Is Homeschooling Disobedient to the Church?

While at the 2003 June IHM conference, I was asked various questions in regard to homeschooling, but there was one inquiry that took me by surprise. That question was basically, "Are we disobedient to homeschool if there is a Catholic school in our area?" I soon found out why I was asked that particular question when the parents made quick reference to an article that appeared in print shortly before the conference. Since I had not seen the article, I couldn't make any commentary on it itself, although I was quick to assure parents that, of course, they are not acting in opposition to God's Will or that of His Church when they homeschool their children, providing some examples of Church teaching in regard to the Sacrament of Matrimony, Canon Law, etc.

It turns out that the May/June 2003 issue of the magazine The Catholic Answer (not to be confused with Catholic Answers) tackled the question of homeschooling, according to the opinions of Fr. Peter Stravinskas, the editor of The Catholic Answer and Monsignor Hettinger, who is, according to the accompanying bio line, a "retired priest of the Diocese of Peoria, IL, holds a licentiate in canon law and served in various appointments in the diocesan tribunal, including judicial vicar." The "anti-homeschooling" opinions of The Catholic Answer surfaced in its November/December 2002 issue with an article by Fr. Vince M. Rogers (who has since been found guilty of patronizing prostitution, according to The Catholic Key, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Vol. 35, No. 25, July 2003).

Before continuing any further with the newest info, below is a "Special Notice" sent to KIC email list in March 2001. It is provided as "introductory background information."

Msgr. Hettinger's Opinion: Excerpt from KIC Special Notice of March 2001

The Code of Canon Law "neither authorizes parents to make a judgment on the suitability of a school to provide a fully Catholic education nor provides an option to substitute homeschooling," wrote Msgr. Clarence J. Hettinger from Peoria, IL, offering his opinion to the article "Home Schooling and Sacraments for Children," by Fr.Joseph C. Taphorn, published in the August/September 2000 issue of Homiletic and Pastoral Review (HPR).

Monsignor Hettinger's letter stated that Fr. Taphorn's "generally well-argued article" in favor of home education included an exposition of the "assistance from canon law," but that "Father [Taphorn] includes only canon 793 S1." Monsignor argued, "Many other canons involve parents, among which eight need to be included for the additional light they offer on the topic."

Monsignor's interpretation of Canon Law concerning parents and homeschooling is as follows:

"In the chapter on education, canon 796 S1 starts by stressing the great importance of schools in general and of parental input individually and collectively. Canon 796 S2 emphasizes teachers' obligation to cooperate closely with parents who might (emphasis KIC's) entrust their children to them and to listen to them willingly; parents may also set up associations, which teachers are to value highly."

"Canon 797 endows parents with the right to enjoy true freedom on the choice of schools, not the choice between school or homeschooling.(emphasis KIC's) This canon really is not an endorsement of homeschooling but a call to the State to acknowledge the right to the free choice of schools and to support that right with financial aid."

"This finds verification in canon 798, which obliges (emphasis KIC's) parents to entrust their children to a school that provides a Catholic education. The canon states a general obligation, per se (italics in the original) binding all parents. If in individual cases this is not possible, parents are to see to it that due religious and moral eduation is provided outside of a school. Here the principles on physical and moral impossibility need to be applied." (KIC NOTE: In other words, Monsignor is suggesting that parents must exhaust all avenues before even considering homeschooling their own children.)

"This canon neither authorizes parents to make a judgment on the suitability of a school to provide a fully Catholic education nor provides an option to substitute homeschooling. The law imposes a reasonably limited obligation, and excuse from the law depends on ecclesiastial authority (cf. can. 85). " (preceding emphasis KIC's)

"Canon 212 also comes into play here. While S1 calls for 'Christian obedience' to the diocesan bishop, S2 gives the faithful the right to reveal to him their concerns about spiritual matters and even their desires. According to S3, those who are gifted by God with truly special qualifications may be under obligation reverently to offer their opinion on a topic within their competence." (KIC NOTE: We request that readers re-read that last line very, very carefully.)

"Canon 799 seems (emphasis KIC's) to continue the topic of State intervention, placing on the faithful the obligation to strive for educational legislation that makes provision in the State's religious and moral education that respects their parents' consciences." (KIC Note: In other words, Monsignor Hettinger's interpretation of the canon mentioned above is as follows: parents are to do everything to fulfill their natural and sacramental obligation to provide their children with a Catholic education - through the State, yet- everything, that is, except homeschool their children.)

Monsignor continues, "My conclusion starts with canon 799 and the fact that Catholic parents are the primary educators of their own children in all matters, civil as well as religious. However, they necessarily live in society, ecclesiastical as well as civil, and, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, they share in the common human obligation to help make this world, including the local community, a better place to inhabit. An application of this is to dissatisifed parents; they should observe the principle of subsidiarity and first lay their concerns before the local authorities before taking recourse to the diocese. If the expression of one's desire in the matter does not receive the desired answer, this suggests that God's will is express in the Catechism citation: work to improve your Catholic school." (All emphasis is KIC's)

KIC's Additional Commentary: The monsignor is actually claiming that if parents get nowhere when they "lay their concerns before the local authority," then the negative response suggests that God wishes parents "to work to improve your Catholic school." With all due respect, Monsignor's "anti-homeschooling" argument and his "suggestions" are not reasonable.

Monsignor's response to Fr. Taphorn's article leaves the incredulous reader to wonder how he, a monsignor of the church, who has officiated at many sacramental marriages and should, therefore, understand the reasons for matrimony, could believe and write such statements. He mentions eight different canons that involve parents but he specifically addresses only those dealing with education, interprets them as he sees fit, and totally ignores the canons on the sacraments, specifically on marriage.

Considering that Monsignor publicly shared his opinion in early 2001 and reiterated it again in June 2003, the topic is not one easily dismissed - especially in light of the "sacramental guidelines" issue that any one of us might face locally. ~MCB


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Aragorn - A Catholic Monarch?

Throughout the centuries, there have been many Catholics who have prophesied about this "Great Monarch" or, as some call him, the "Great Prince."

Think of the hope in the children's hearts today if they knew there was a Catholic prince like Aragorn somewhere on earth, under the protection of God, waiting to come into his own.

The prophesies regarding the great Catholic king-to-be indicate that he may be French or he may arise from France. Since the royal blood lines of Europe constantly intermingled, it is hard to tell what his "main" bloodline will be, even in the prophecies. However, studied as a whole, the various prophecies indicate Germany, France and England will play a key role in his life, either through bloodties or through events.

God gave us a "new" Adam and a "new" Eve with Our Lord and the Virgin Mother. He acts in the most mysterious and unexpected ways. Is it not possible that He will also reform the entire world through post-Christian Europe, the home of the Church and of Western Civilization, with a totally unexpected Catholic Monarch? The very thought is beyond our imagination at this point in history, since most contemporary monarchies are nothing but figure-heads.

Consider those very countries mentioned in prophecies regarding the "Great Monarch" - Germany had its Luther, England fell into schism under the influence of King Henry VIII, and France, "the first daughter of the Church," has still not recovered from the French Revolution.

Would it not be "meet and just" for God to "employ" these same countries in the Second Catholic Reformation?~MCB


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KIC News and LOTR: The Return of the King

For the purpose of displaying the various types of topics that we'd like to address on this weblog, I will share some messages already posted on our KIC email list in the past month or so.

The following excerpt is mine, and the topic will receive quite a bit of attention in our first issue of the Keeping It Catholic (paper version) newsletter, due for end of fall release. (Subscriptions are $20 in the U.S. for four quarterly issues, and may be made payable to:

M. Bartold/KIC

604 S. Main St., Suite 224

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Now onto just a "few tidbits" about LOTR: RETURN OF THE KING! MORE TO COME IN THE FIRST ISSUE of the KEEPING IT CATHOLIC NEWSLETTER!

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As many of you already know, LOTR's "The Two Towers" was released at the end of August 2003 and "Return of the King" is due to appear in movie theatres this December.

LOTR is absolutely fantastic when it comes to the "layers within layers" but especially in how it provides examples in regard to the "Communion of Saints," the role of free will, the responses of characters to certain events and opportunities, the effects of evil even when resisted, etc.

These books, and even the movies, can act as examples to our children, and us, about how to apply Catholic principles in real life.Their "resurrected" popularity is well-deserved for so many reasons!

How many times have lines from the characters come to mind, whether humorous or serious? What of Sam's lines about hope in "The Two Towers" (the movie) which can apply to each and every one of us, when we are tired and weary but know we must carry on? And what of Frodo, upon whom fell a very hard task, but who also knows "he wouldn't have gotten very far without Sam"? What of the events surrounding each character, often unbeknownst to the others of the Fellowship, that brought fear and doubt but, in the end, lead to victory? Think of Merry and Pippin, who went along, partly out of friendship and partly because they were natural adventurers, but who also had their own roles to play? And courageous Boromir, tempted so sorely but in the end, dying nobly? What of Saruman, rejecting the chance to repent and repair at least some of the evil for which he was responsible, only rejecting the opportunity out of fear and pride? What of Gollum, who still had his own role to play - for good or for bad? And what of that which happens after the Ring is destroyed? For all his sacrifices and sufferings, Frodo was not highly honored by his own people, and he suffered throughout his life from those terrible wounds inflicted upon him by the Nazgul and Shelob.

All of this brings me to my next point. Of late, I am extremely interested in Tolkien's original book, "The Return of the King" for a very particular reason. In fact, our whole family has discussed this intermittently throughout the spring and summer, sometimes reading the prophecies and then comparing them to Aragorn's role in LOTR.

I have often wondered if Tolkien - a Catholic - was well-acquainted with the Catholic prophecies of the "Great Monarch" to come sometime in our future. Aragorn seems to parallel those prophecies in many respects. For example, the true identity of the Great Monarch will be hidden for quite some time. He will be of a royal line believed to be extinct, who will experience much hardship and face many battles against a great evil that has covered most of the earth, who will "come into his own" around the age of 40 (or his mid-life, however long his life will be) and who will, with the help of God and a future Pope, do much to restore a true Christian (meaning Catholic) society world-wide.

I myself knew nothing of these prophecies in regard to a "Great Monarch" or "Great Prince" until the last year or so, and I still did not make the connection between them and "The Return of the King" until this past winter. I have heard nothing "official" regarding Tolkien in regard to these particular prophecies, but still, one cannot help but wonder!

Art imitates life, as the old saying goes...and there is much to ponder when art sometimes seems to precede that which may happen in real life. ~MCB


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September 19, 2003
Today is the First Day of the Rest of this Blog!

Today, I enter the world of web-logging (aka a "blog"), not because it's trendy and certainly not because I think the world is that enamored about (to paraphrase) the "chatter of the mind." (Who said that, by the way? Belloc? Chesterton? Lewis?)

In fact, The Keeping It Catholic Weblog will not be a public diary. It will present "food for thought" in the form of facts, news and some insights into all kinds of topics relevant to Catholics. That doesn't mean we won't be sharing a few personal anecdotes (or should I say vignettes?) - but only if they are "of general interest" (now that I remember is from "Cheaper by the Dozen"!).

Topics will naturally include anything related to Catholic education and family life or that which impact them (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Personally, I like to think "happy thoughts" (thank you, Mr. Barry, author of "Peter Pan"!) so I plan to include very interesting musings on The Lord of The Rings, especially The Return of the King. In fact, I'll be writing a long article on that in the upcoming Keeping It Catholic Newsletter - the hard copy. (More on that later!)

Although this blog will address all kinds of topics, don't forget that you can always find more information about Catholic homeschooling issues at the Keeping It Catholic website.

Btw! Nobody enjoys humor more than I, and I'm sure eventually you will find humor here - but chatter just for the sake of chatter is not the primary purpose of this "blog."

To me, a blog is an efficient way to post updates of various kinds, interesting letters from KIC website visitors, topics that keep coming my way, or to provide FYI ("For Your Information") links to other articles of interest. Perhaps I hold the idea that a blog should be efficient since my mind turns to more practical matters out of necessity (being a mom of a good-sized family- and a writer to boot - usually makes for some attempt at efficiency, and everybody knows "necessity is the mother of invention"!). ;>

In the meantime, you are most welcome to send posts, articles of interest or links for possible addition to The Keeping It Catholic Weblog!


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