Friday, February 5, 2021

Romania church under fire as 6-week-old baby dies in baptism

The Orthodox Church was facing growing pressure on Thursday to change baptism rituals in Romania after a baby died following a ceremony, which involves immersing infants three times in holy water.

The six-week-old suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital on Monday but he died a few hours later, the autopsy revealing liquid in his lungs.

Prosecutors have opened a manslaughter probe against the priest in the northeastern 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."

One internet user denounced the "brutality" of the ritual and another criticised the "stubbornness of those who think that it is the will of God" to maintain it. 


  1. Jesus Christ got baptised at age 30, when he understands fully what baptism means. Why baptise an infant for crying out loud. Its absolute nonsense and high time the body of Catholics look at this rituals with aim of applying it Biblically. Baptism is for adult ready to commit to the work of God and not an infant that can turn to an armed robber in future.

  2. Why putting 6 weeks old baby in water?what do they know