Baptisms for school places

14th July 2006 at 01:00
Parents are baptising their children in an attempt to win places at popular Roman Catholic schools, an academic has said. Anthony Spencer, director of the Pastoral Research Centre, a religious research unit, said an analysis of official church figures shows that thousands of children are now being baptised after their first birthday. This may be a panic measure to get them into a good Catholic school, he said.

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