Global News

Romanian Church under fire as six-week-old baby dies in baptism

Romanian Church under fire as six-week-old baby dies in baptism (Updated: 1 year ago)


The Orthodox Church in Romania is facing growing pressure to change baptism rituals after a  six-week-old baby died following a ceremony earlier this week.

The baby boy reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest during the Baptism on Monday and was rushed to hospital but died a few hours later, with autopsy revealing liquid in his lungs. 

Prosecutors have now opened a manslaughter investigation against the priest in the north-eastern city of Suceava.

An online petition calling for changes to the ritual had gathered more than 56,000 signatures by Thursday evening.

“The death of a newborn baby because of this practice is a huge tragedy,” said a message with the petition. “This risk must be ruled out for the joy of baptism to triumph.”

Due to several similar incidents in recent years, Church spokesman, Vasile Banescu had suggested that priests pour a little water on the baby’s forehead instead of immersing infants three times in holy water.

But Archbishop Teodosie, leader of the Church’s traditionalist wing, said the ritual would not change.

More than 80% of Romanians are Orthodox and the Church is one of the most trusted institutions, according to recent opinion polls.

Add a coment

Erigga
Erigga
Otile Brown
Otile Brown
Sinzu
Sinzu
Nandy
Nandy
Papisnoop
Papisnoop
B-Red
B-Red
DJ Thunerdex
DJ Thunerdex
Sarz
Sarz
DaBaby
DaBaby
H.E.R
H.E.R
Adol
Adol
Bad Boy Timz
Bad Boy Timz
Pheelz
Pheelz
Terri
Terri
MasterKraft
MasterKraft
CDQ
CDQ
Jaido P
Jaido P
Omah Lay
Omah Lay
Wizkid
Wizkid
Ichaba
Ichaba
Simi
Simi
M.anifest
M.anifest
Ayanfe Viral
Ayanfe Viral
Terry G
Terry G
Olakira
Olakira
Yung6ix
Yung6ix
Ice Prince
Ice Prince
DJ OP Dot
DJ OP Dot
Rema
Rema
OmoAkin
OmoAkin
Rayvanny
Rayvanny
Diamond Jimma
Diamond Jimma
Nasty C
Nasty C
SkiiBii
SkiiBii
D’Banj
D’Banj
Chidinma
Chidinma
Danny S
Danny S
Ozzybee
Ozzybee
JoeEL
JoeEL
Lilyungage
Lilyungage
NAIJAKIT.COM

Trending Posts