I was browsing through the OCE (Original Catholic Encyclopedia), and ran across the following:
“As to higher education, parents have a clear duty to see that the faith of their children is not imperilled by their going to non-Catholic universities and colleges. In the lack of positive legislation before parents can assent to their children attending non-Catholic universities or colleges there must be a commensurately grave cause, and such dangers as may threaten faith or morals are to be rendered remote by suitable remedies. The last-named requirement is obviously the more important. Failure to fall in with the first, provided that means had been taken faithfully to comply with the second, would not oblige the confessor to refuse absolution to such parents. There is an undoubted and under ordinary circumstances inalienable authority to be exercised by parents. The extent of this is a matter to be determined by positive law.”
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Where did this come from (authority-wise?) Is it a teaching of the Church? Is it still in force? This seems pretty extreme, especially this: “Failure to fall in with the first [allowing children to attend non-Catholic universities], provided that means had been taken faithfully to comply with the second, would not oblige the confessor to refuse absolution to such parents.” What? A parent would have to go to confession for allowing their children to attend a non-Catholic school? I myself am a Catholic student at a non-Catholic university, and don’t think I’dve found a Catholic university that would have had the reputation my school has for computer science, nor would I or my parents have wanted to pay an enormous amount of money when I can instead attend a public school for a fraction of the cost.