Other Types of Assistance to Parents

The religious formation of the parents themselves, in particular solid catechetical preparation of adults in the truth of love, builds the foundations of a mature faith that can guide them in the formation of their own children. This adult catechesis enables them not only to deepen their understanding of the community of life and love in marriage, but also helps them learn how to communicate better with their own children. (TMHS, 134).

Other types of assistance to parents includes:

1. Spiritual guidance during the Sacrament of Reconciliation by a regular confessor can "aid in progressively enlightening the stages of growth and as moral support" (Cf. TMHS, 74).

2. Parents can assist their children in discerning a vocation with the "support of a priest or other properly formed persons (in parishes, associations or in the new fruitful ecclesial movements, etc.)" (Cf. TMHS, 99).

3. Parents can meet with other qualified and trustworthy parents and others to draw on their experience and competence (Cf. TMHS, 130).

4. Parents can attend meetings together with their children guided by expert, trustworthy educators (Cf. TMHS, 131).

5. Parents can entrust a child to a trustworthy person for particular issues (Cf. TMHS, 132).

6. Parents can supplement their home formation program with limited moral catechesis on sexual ethics, during puberty and adolescence, taught by qualified and trustworthy persons (Cf. TMHS, 133).

7. Parents can receive Church assistance, formation, and catechesis to help support and encourage them in forming their own children (Cf. TMHS, 134, 148), but it must conform to "the principles set out in this guide (The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality), concerning doctrine, timing and the content and method of such education" (TMHS, 147).

8. Any other assistance from either the Church or State "must always be carried out in accordance with a proper application of the principle of subsidiarity" (TMHS, 23).