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Parental role ’vital’ to faith building
Formation of Indonesian children must be from within the family, not left to othersIndonesian children: Formation of children must be from within the family, not left to others
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- January 31, 2011
âCatechism is not sufficiently touched in schools, so the family plays a crucial role in faith formation in children. Examples set by parents are vital,â said, Stefanus Wijoyo Tay and Ingrid Listiati, founders of www.Katolisitas.org, a website focusing on revitalizing Catholic teachings to Indonesian Catholics.
âWe can learn from the Internet and teach our own children. Donât always ask pastors,â the couple told more than 200 Catholics during a Jan. 29 at the Sacred Heart Church in Jakarta.
Diocesan Father Dominikus Gusti Bagus Kusumawanta, executive secretary of the Indonesian Bishops Seminary CommissionÂ agreed.
âIâm sad to see children not being educated by their parents, but passed on to other people, or who rely on the media.â
His view was echoed by Sigit, a religious teacher. He said many of his students seem closer to their housemaids than their parents.
âWhen I ask my students, âWho loves you mostâ? They answer, âThe housemaid. She bathes me, feeds me, picks me up from school, dresses meâ,â he said.
Jesuit Father Fransiskus Adisusanto, executive secretary of Indonesian Bishop Catechism Commission warned of the difficulty of faith formation if it is separated from daily living.
Parents must be the ones setting good examples to their children. Itâs up to the pastors and catechists to help them, he said.
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