What a year I've had!
After having dealt with my wife becoming Catholic (with my blessing) and currently taking part in a community theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
, my children (ages 8,5, and 11 mo) were baptized into the Roman Catholic Church.
My wife realizes how difficult this is for me. After all, she is one of a handful of people who knows that I am an atheist. Of course, I don't really care that a priest poured water on my child's head. It means less than nothing to me. Nonetheless, it represents a part of my children's lives in which I will not participate.
Part of me wishes my wife had let our children make a conscious conversion later in life. I understand the need to fulfill her commitment to the church, but I also understand that she is a rational individual. She just has a hard time imagining life without some sort of religious "education" for our children. Oh well, at least it's not the Southern Baptist Church, and if I can survive that, surely my children can survive this.
The question is which will be harder for my mother to hear? That her son is an atheist? Or that her formerly Baptist son and formerly Baptist daughter-in-law are now raising Catholic children?