A mum has asked if it is morally wrong to baptise her son just to get him into a religious school…
A mum has taken to Mumsnet to ask if it is morally wrong to baptise her son simply to get him into a local religious school. The mum says that the Catholic school in her area has a wonderful reputation, but that those who aren’t baptised have a limited chance of being accepted.
The Right Reasons
Despite her husband being baptised Catholic, the mum says that the family do not practice any religion. “My husband was brought up Catholic but isn’t religious,” she wrote. The mum admitted that she doesn’t feel comfortable baptising her son just to get him into a school, but that her husband seems to have no issue with it. “We haven’t had our son baptised but my husband thinks we should now to get him into a Catholic school,” she wrote. “Am I being unreasonable to think this is morally wrong?”
Consider Other Options
Comments on the post agreed with the mum’s feelings of apprehension about baptising her son. “I think it is morally wrong,” one forum user wrote. “I don’t think there is any good reason to have your child baptised into a religion which you don’t practice and don’t believe in.” “Are there really no other reasonable school choices?” said another. “I think Catholic schools are fine if you are religious but can’t see the attraction if you’re not.”
Many Aussie parents face the same dilemma when choosing a school for their child, but we think it’s always worth remembering that we are so lucky to live in a country with amazing public education!
Have you baptised your child just to get them into a school? Share your story in the comments!