Is there a Catholic way to parent?
It really depends upon what you mean by the question. If you mean, “Is there an approved list of preferred parenting methods the Church requires that we use for child rearing?” Well then, of course the answer is “certainly not!”
But if you mean, “Does our Catholic faith ask parents to have a mindset about parenting that reflects the Church’s unique vision of family life and make choices that are mindful of that vision?” Then the answer is, “unquestionably, yes!”
Vision, Method, and Mindset
Catholicism is an incarnational faith. Catholics can’t just say prayers that invoke the name Jesus and be done with it. We have to live differently. So, while Catholic businesspersons aren’t “required by the Church” to use a certain brand of accounting software, they are challenged to have a mindset about work, management, and money, that reflects the Church’s views on economics and, in turn, informs their workplace behavior and choices. Likewise, the Church doesn’t tell soldiers what uniforms to wear or weapons to carry, but the Church does insist that soldiers have a mindset informed by Just War principles that will govern their behavior and choices on the battlefield.
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