In Ireland people often baptise their child just for easier access to schools. What do you think?
The majority of people in Ireland, may be registered as Catholic or Christian, but honestly I have always felt like there is no substance behind this classification here in Ireland. People here are not nearly as religious as we used to be back in the day. Apparently the Irish are losing their faith faster than many other countries and mass attendance is dwindling. Yet, it is commonplace for most Irish children to be baptised, as with this certificate it becomes much easier to get accepted to a school. I am curious what people think of this practice and if it is heard of in other countries?
Does Ireland have an extensive public school system vs. the Catholic schools? Either way, I do know the schools are better overall than here (at least at the elementary level).
When I first read your question I thought, "Oh, that's terrible." But then I remember what parents do here in the States to get their children into the top Pre-K or Kindergarten program. They embarrass themselves in sucking up and volunteering, etc. Donations suddenly rise.
Baptizing won't hurt and might save them a little embarrassment. So why not?
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