The Guardian today has an essay by a bemused father whose eight year old daughter is converting to Catholicism. He and his wife, both atheists, are both quite taken aback by this decision. He writes:
For the most part, he is quite accepting. The comments, as can be expected, really bring out the worst in the secular commentariat. Nevertheless, an interesting story. God bless her and her parents as she ventures into her new life of faith!
I was, however, inclined to agree when my wife, who’s a pretty vehement atheist, said that she could cope with just about any life decision our children may make – apart from them wanting to join the military or the clergy. So what happened when our oldest daughter decided that, not only does she believe in God (capital G), but that she also wants to be baptised into the Catholic faith?
Update 1/14: I need to learn to spell “atheist.” The title is corrected.