189. Hence, “the fourth commandment asks children… to honor their father and mother (cf. Ex 20:12). This commandment comes immediately after those dealing with God himself. Indeed, it has to do with something sacred, something divine, something at the basis of every other kind of human respect. The biblical formulation of the fourth commandment goes on to say: ‘that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you’. The virtuous bond between generations is the guarantee of the future, and is the guarantee of a truly humane society. A society with children who do not honor parents is a society without honor… It is a society destined to be filled with surly and greedy young people”.(Catechesis (11 February 2015))
We think often of the fourth commandment in terms of obedience, but the actual word given in English is “honor.” Honor is something larger, more profound than simply doing as one is told. The Holy Father is correct to point out this commandment, broadly applied, ensures a connection, a “virtuous bond” across the ages. As much as new generations alienate themselves from their elders, the fabric of society would seem to depend on the notion of “honor.” Do you agree or not?
For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.