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!

Do You Need To Be Catholic To Enrol In A Catholic School?

No. Most Catholic schools are open to all who want to share its educational goal, inspired by Christian principles. In accordance with each school’s enrolment vacancies, preference is given to students who are baptised Catholic and who live in the local parish and then to children of Catholic families from other parishes who wish to enrol. However, schools are open to all who wish to be guided in their education by the principles and teachings of Christ.

All families and their children, Catholic or non-Catholic, are invited to have a Catholic education but must be willing to participate in the religious life and culture of the school. It is a requirement of students attending Catholic schools that they participate in the learning of the K-12 Religious Education program.

Have you baptised your child just to get them into a school? Share your story in the comments!

  • Why would it be morally wrong? After he attends this school he will be exposed to the Catholic religion and its rites and beliefs. He may choose to pursue this in the future – it’s his choice. There are plenty of parents at our Catholic school who don’t actively attend mass. It doesn’t make them less of a Catholic.


  • I think that is a terrible thing to do! What are you teaching your kids, if you think it is ok to lie about something as important as faith? You can’t have everything you want – sometimes you are going to miss out and that is ok. Geez.


  • I know parents that have done this. I was under the impression that all catholic schools can take in a small number of non Catholics.


  • I kinda understand night robes and pjs, but anything else I don’t think they should have a say! I guess if it’s a super expensive posh school, maybe they can have rules but I think it’s a little silly.


  • I personally wouldn’t do this, but have heard of many who have done so. Guess it is up to your own belief


  • I’ve heard of lots of parents that have done this.
    We baptised our kids for tradition


  • You don’t get baptised for school, it is about belief! Bible tells us Believe Andy be baptised…. if you don’t believe then you shouldn’t do it.


  • I know people who’ve done exactly this. They live in an area with amazing public schools but wanted the option of catholic school for primary.
    Tho these days placements in schools come more down to being in zone – both for catholic and definitely for public. I know catholic schools that accept kids who haven’t been christened.
    I don’t agree with christening your child for the sole purpose of getting into a catholic school.


  • I have heard of this happening for years.


  • I wouldn’t do it, but I heard different people doing exactly this.


  • I baptised mine as it identifies with my religion but for a school spot is so morally bankrupt


  • I wonder why you put your child on a Catholic school when you don’t practice the religion.


  • No this seems wrong.
    As far as I know Catholics christen their children when very young.
    My eldest 2 kids are baptised because they wanted this themselves.


  • I wouldn’t do it as it’s not the right thing to do


  • No its morally wrong


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