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British Kids Baptized to Gain Entrance to Crowded Catholic Schools

The number of “late baptisms” for children age one to 13 has increased by 30 percent from 2001-2012 in the United Kingdom (U.K.), at least in part because families want to meet entrance requirements for Catholic schools, according to The Telegraph.

While the the number of “late baptisms” has increased, The Telegraph reports that the number of baptisms for infants and children under the age of one has decreased by 5 percent in the U.K.  Additionally, it reports that the number of adult conversions in the U.K. stayed “broadly similar” from 2001-2012.

The Telegraph reports:

Late baptisms are often sought by parents who suddenly realise that certificates are needed to meet the entrance requirements of oversubscribed primary schools, it is claimed.

One parent told the Telegraph how he got his three children baptised just a fortnight before the application deadline to meet a school’s admissions rules.

It comes weeks after a major study by the Sutton Trust charity found that one-in-10 middle-class parents had exaggerated or lied about their faith to secure entry to religious schools.

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