Church Documents on the Right of Parental Choice

The following documents outline the Catholic Church’s history of supporting parents’ rights as the primary decision-makers for their children’s education.

  • Pius XI, Encyclical Letter, Divini Illius Magistri (1929): see the section on family rights in education, nos. 28-50 (especially nos. 37, 39, 44)
  • USCCB (NCCB), To Teach As Jesus Did (1973): see no. 111
  • USCCB, In Support of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (1990): see section titled “Ensuring Parental Rights”

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