(This post is part of the series on postsecondary education.)
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So Mark and I went over my last post about parents' responsibility to help finish their kids' educations, and we identified -- in Catholic teachings, not in my meandering attempts to synthesize them -- a tricky bit: three things that are hard to synthesize.
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Here's what we have to reconcile.
From Gaudium et Spes, par. 52: "Children should be so educated that as adults...if they marry, they can thereby establish their family in favorable moral, social, and economic conditions"
From the Catechism, par. 2230: "Parents should be careful not to exert pressure on their children ... in the choice of a profession ...."
and from the same paragraph: "This necessary restraint does not prevent them - quite the contrary from giving their children judicious advice."
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So tell me: How do you "give judicious advice" and "educate" your children so that "they can establish their family in favorable economic conditions," without "exerting pressure" in the choice of profession?
Clearly some people can't make certain choices and still remain able to establish a family in favorable economic conditions. Is educating, advising, against these choices not a kind of exerting of pressure?