Archbishop Martin hits out at practice of baptising children to get them into schools

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said baptising a child just to get them into a school is an abuse of the sacrament.

In a homily delivered at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin last night, Archbishop Martin lamented the slow pace of divestment of Catholic schools in Ireland.

However he robustly defended the need for a role for religious education in the Irish schooling structure, adding: "Catholic education is not poison".

He also said that parents who do not want their children to attend religious schools have a right to see their wish respected.


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