I know the church does not necessarily forbid it. but are there some guidelines?
I’ve noticed in different cultures, the idea of corporal punishment takes on different forms.
for some, slapping children across the face is normal, other use brooms, belts, ETC… hitting kids that make mistakes in piano lessons is also normal or pushing them over on the ground and kicking them. I also had a professor once who taught in south Africa say that he had to learn to hit kids with a wooden ruler when he was over there because everyone expected that
I realize that this sort of thing used to be prevalent in western culture as well. priests and nuns would administer punishments in schools and such
of course, I know children are not supposed to be abused. but when is the line crossed in to abuse. most of the parents I described above do not believe it is abuse and that the child “deserves” that kind of punishment
I’m looking for a catholic perspective please