How does the idea of a “Catholic child” not make you sick? The child isn’t being given a choice whatsoever in their religion. Their parents have already made a decision for them before they can even make a good decision. Young children are very impressionable and you scare the shit out of them with fear of eternal damnation, that will stick with them. Indoctrinating children is easily equivalent to brainwashing. I think its truly a form of child abuse.
“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” -Douglas Adams
A child sees thing and ask questions. If you tell them the Bible is the answer and its infallible that’s going to stay with them. Instead we should teach them science and raise all children as agnostics. Then when they are old enough to make a decision for themselves, they can choose religion or atheism. People need to break free from this vicious cycle from generation to generation. I am happy that I was never truly raised in a religion, many people who were have lasting psychological effects. I mean if you are so used to being scared of going to Hell and even if you figure out it isn’t true that feeling will still be there. It just isn’t right to do this to children. I mean isn’t religion essentially a giant book club? Everyone should have a choice to opt in or not.