This is a continuation from Part 1.
The Church and Natural Law teach that parents are the primary educators of their children (CCC#2223). This includes having the right to send them to the school of the parent's choice. Yet, while every human should be given a basic education, this does not necessitate every human is entitled to a "higher" academic education. The purpose of college is that of educating a person for a certain field of employment. But if someone sees a "career" as an end in itself, then they're naturally going to put marriage on the back burner. So any woman who is going to college should stop and ask themselves what their real goals are. Do they want to be a mother or do they want a career? Most women are torn, because they want both, with nature calling them to motherhood and society calling them to the workforce.
As we've seen the last 40 years or so, something has got to give. A mother has limited energy and cannot both work full time and care for her children at home. This is why today being a stay at home mother is the 'new' radical thing to do, with more and more of them realizing that motherhood is the way to go. As uncomfortable as this sounds, this naturally means that women should not be going college. They can go to community college to sharpen certain skills or learn certain homemaking skills, but to invest four years or more into getting a degree - particularly with the intention of having a career - is a misguided effort.
This will naturally come across as harsh and cruel and misogynist for those who are not in tune with what I'm saying. I am not saying women should be kept ignorant. I'm saying investing many years and lots of money for a degree that you won't use is just not smart. I'm sorry if I'm the one who had to break that news to you. Most parents and high schools and teachers are either too ignorant or don't want to hurt feelings, so they refuse to tell their young adults (both men and women) that college can be a rip off and that it is foolish for anyone to invest their time and go into massive debts seeking a degree that wont be used. College should not be such a pressure for so many young adults, and that's because college is not for everyone. Those reading this must distinguish between (a) educating someone (which can and should be done well through at least high-school) and (b) putting them through a multi-year institution to get a certification.
The mentality that we're fighting here is that of essentially materialism, in which one's worth is measured by how much money they earn. With this measuring stick, it naturally makes women feel useless and inferior if they cannot bring home a paycheck, and it causes anxiety for men who cannot "cut it" in college. This is why there use to be trade schools where men could learn real skills and arts, where as now everyone is crammed into an auditorium being indoctrinated with philosophical and moral errors along the way to securing their degree.
All parents and young adults should be extremely vigilant of which "institution of higher learning" they're looking into. Most colleges, including most Catholic ones, are seeped in soul destroying immorality, both inside and outside the classroom. In many ways, college is a dangerous place, especially for young minds, and especially for women who desire to be mothers. The Church has repeatedly warned of the dangers of godless schools.
Even Catholic universities with good reputations like Franciscan University of Steubenville can fall into the trap of misdirecting young adults, especially women, from their natural call to marriage and parenthood. Pope Pius XI made a startling claim in his Encyclical Divini Redemptoris:
Communism is particularly characterized by the rejection of any link that binds woman to the family and the home, and her emancipation is proclaimed as a basic principle. She is withdrawn from the family and the care of her children, to be thrust instead into public life and collective production under the same conditions as man.
This means that any Catholic institution who either implicitly or explicitly facilitates this false "emancipation" of women is unconsciously espousing a central tenet of Communism. Unfortunately, this seems like the case with most of the better Catholic institutions.
Catholics who know better must be willing to speak out about this insanity and misdirection of the youth of our culture. We must be willing to question and examine even the most sacred secular "rights" to see if they've become idols for us.