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Children are important members of society. Their membership as participants in humanity has gotten lost at times throughout history. Children have a particular type of dependency in relationships with the adults around them. This means that adults need to understand children in a different light; from the perspective of the child. In Roman Catholic social ethics, children are always understood as under the authority of their parents. Rarely are children understood in a way that gives them dignity in their subjectivity. This work provides a historical review of the theological ethics of child in the Roman Catholic Church from both academic and pastoral perspectives. How do these perspectives provide foundation for the Roman Catholic understanding of the child today? How can pedagogical methods from the Enlightenment and Romantic periods help to inform contemporary classrooms? Finally, how could the Roman Catholic Church form a responsible response to the needs of the child in today's society, whether it is in a religion classroom or supporting children's basic human rights?

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