A Russian Orthodox priest has been banned for one yr for performing a child’s baptism that was so violent it provoked outrage throughout Russia.
Footage of the non secular ceremony of passage reveals a priest recognized as Father Foty plunging the pinnacle of the one-year-old into the font that appears too small on the Marienburg Intercessional Church in Gatchina, 25 miles south of St. Petersburg.
The shocked mom, named as Anastasiya, is heard shouting on the priest who prevents her from intervening and forces the screaming child’s head into the water once more.
The Kremlin-backed information station Channel 5 tweeted a video of the ceremony, claiming that the kid was “nearly killed” and had suffered bruises from the traumatic incident.
The mom instructed the Fotanka information website that the priest appeared to get angered when individuals didn’t know the Lord’s prayer and she or he screamed: “Let him go, he’s in pain.”
“The baby was screaming, trying to wriggle away. I got frightened and ran up, started to take him back,” she mentioned, in response to The Times.
The priest defended his actions, telling Channel 5 that the kid’s mother and father didn’t perceive the rites of the religion and “turned out to be people completely far from church life.”
“According to church rules, [a] baptism with a small amount of water is only allowed in the event of a serious illness of the child or mortal danger. Baptism itself requires immersion three times,” he added.
However the priest caught the eye of church authorities in Moscow and Hieromonk Gennady of the Moscow Patriarchate’s division of parish training mentioned his actions have been “madness.” Police are investigating the grievance.
The Gatchina Diocese apologized for the incident and mentioned the priest has been banned from ministerial duties, sporting clerical robes, and giving blessings for one yr.
“The high rank of clergyman obliges its holder to serve in the image of the good shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ, and to perform all sacred actions reverently, with the fear of God and a sensitive attitude toward the children of the church,” the diocese statement said.
News agency RIA reported that there had been complaints concerning the priest earlier than from his parishioners, with one describing him as “rude and demanding.”
A source within the Gatchina Diocese’s press service mentioned he had not acquired any official complaints however he had been transferred there as a disciplinary measure ensuing from his time serving at one other Leningrad area church, Radio Free Europe reported.