Why do parents do this to their children when it comes to religion? My best girlfriend’s mom did not have her baptised, and told her she was leaving it up to her to decide for herself when she grew up. The same friend’s boyfriend was baptised, but because his father was an athiest, his Catholic mother agreed that she would leave all the rest of the sacraments up to him when he grew up (even though they divorced when the child was two, and she went so far as to send him to a Catholic prep school). Neither one of my friends have any intention of joining any church, and ridicule the church when given the opportunity (although they are kind to me personally).
Do these parents feel they’re doing their children some sort of favor in this? Now that I have a son of my own, and I fully understand what a gift I was given when I was growing up, I just can’t understand what these other parents (mothers in particular because I am one) had in mind by “leaving it up to them.”
Granted, both the mothers of my two friends are apostate Catholics, but so was I for many years until my husband and I decided to have children. It was at that moment that I came back to the church, because children must be raised with religious formation, or else you’re just leaving them to the wolves. What goes through a parent’s mind to believe leaving their children without any knowledge of God is in their child’s best interest?:mad: