Seen, but not heard?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a short piece by Laura Vandercam about bringing children to Mass. (Not to bring up a sore subject on a Friday afternoon!) 

Quoted in the piece is none other than our own Kate Wicker, who wrote “Why Young Children Belong At Mass back in June here on InsideCatholic: 

While most churches still have the typical separation—adult services, babysitting for the little ones and Sunday school for the older children—some parents are pushing back. Kate Wicker, an Atlanta-area mom of a 4-year-old, 2-year-old and a baby brings all three of them with her to Mass on Sundays and sometimes during the week. “I try to be polite and respectful of other people’s worship experience,” she says, but “how can we baptize children, welcoming them to the body of Christ, and then say ‘until you’re old enough to not make any noise and sit still you’re not welcome here?’ ” While she has gotten some raised eyebrows and nasty comments when she has written about such topics for the Web site Inside Catholic and other publications, she is backed up by Pope Benedict XVI; he has reminded Catholic parents that Christ “calls the whole Christian family to Sunday Mass.”



Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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