According to the
Catechism of the Council of Trent...
should be admonished] to guard particularly against three things, in which they
but too often transgress. In the first place, they are not by words or actions
to exercise too much harshness towards their children...parents [should] avoid
too much severity and to choose rather to correct their children than to revenge
themselves upon them. Should a fault be committed which requires reproof and
chastisement, the parent should not, on the other hand, by undue indulgence
overlook its correction. Children are often spoiled by too much lenity and
indulgence on the part of their parents. The pastor, therefore, should deter
from such excessive mildness by the warning example of Heli, the high-priest,
who, on account of over-indulgence to his sons, was visited with the heaviest
chastisements. Finally, to avoid what is most shameful in the instruction and
education of children, let them not propose to themselves aims that are
unworthy. Many there are whose sole concern is to leave their children wealth,
riches and an ample and splendid fortune; who encourage them not to piety and
religion, or to honorable employment, but to avarice, and an increase of wealth,
and who, provided their children are rich and wealthy, are regardless of their
good name and eternal salvation. Can anything more shameful be thought or
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