Posts Tagged ‘Parents’

Archbishop Chong: new ways to teach religion to children

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The Archbishop of Suva Peter Loy Chong said that in some places parishes rather than schools will have to teach religion to the young. He said the inclusion of religious education in schools continues to raise debates in certain quarters within the education system. Chong was speaking during his recent visit to a Napuka Secondary Read more

Mandatory vaccination in schools looms in two US dioceses

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

In two US dioceses, the parents of children attending Catholic schools are being told they must have their children vaccinated, regardless of moral qualms. But critics say such compulsion is contrary to moral advice given by a pontifical academy. The Church has moral difficulties with certain vaccines, the cell lines for which were originally derived Read more

Being parents to teenagers

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The more speaking engagements I do, the more convinced I am of the important role parents play in their teenagers sexual education…in fact, every part of their lives. As a parent of teenagers myself, I feel ‘in the thick’ of it every day; the emotions of their stage of life, the joy and pain, the Read more

Irish bishop regrets comment about gay people as parents

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

An Irish bishop has expressed regret about comments he made about gay people as parents in the lead up to Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage. Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin said in a media interview that a redefinition of marriage was also a redefinition of parenthood. When asked about gay people who are already parents, Read more

Catholic Education Sunday in Fiji extended to a week

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Catholic schools in Suva archdiocese celebrated Catholic Education over a week in February, instead of on one day as in previous years. Archdiocese Catholic education director Pio Bosco said Archbishop Peter Loy Chong changed the duration of the celebration. Instead of having it in July, the timing of the celebration was also changed to be Read more

New research: Children do best with male and female parents

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A new study published in the February 2015 issue of the British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science appears to be the largest yet on the matter of same-sex households and children’s emotional outcomes. It analyzed 512 children of same-sex parents, drawn from a pool of over 207,000 respondents who participated in the (US) Read more

Judge limits children’s exposure to mum’s Jehovah’s Witness faith

Friday, December 19th, 2014

A judge has stopped two children, whose parents have separated, from attending Jehovah’s Witness meetings or church activities. After their separation in 2010, the mother became an adherent of the Jehovah Witness faith. Without the father’s knowledge, she introduced the children, then aged 4 and 6, to the religion. Justice Brendan Brown said his ruling Read more

Even on Facebook parents need immunity to embarrassment

Friday, November 28th, 2014

My mum had superhuman powers when I was a kid. When I was about eight, a friend and I would play spies on our council estate. We’d use the poorly designed walkways as our lookout posts, and the labyrinth of corridors were the motorways for our high-speed chases. The fun we were having was obviously Read more

Priests told not to quiet noisy kids at Mass

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Priests in England and Wales have been told to put up with noisy children at Mass, as Church leaders encourage more families to go to church on Sundays. Bishop Kieran Conroy, who chairs the England and Wales bishops’ evangelisation committee, said he “strongly discouraged” priests from intervening to prevent children talking during Mass. Bishop Conry, the Read more

Parents preventing and dealing with bullying

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Parents are one of the most influential factors when talking about bullying – in that they are the most likely to be able to prevent it. The way parents model appropriate interactions and communication to their children (for example, resolve disagreements, be assertive when appropriate) will impact on how their children interact with others – Read more