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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Metropolitan Hilarion offers baptizing "surrogate" babies when they reach the age of consciousness

Moscow,  - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion offers to postpone baptism of "surrogate" babies till they reach the age of consciousness.

"On the one hand, any born baby can be baptized - basing on the faith of those who intends to baptize him. In Soviet times many babies were baptized through the efforts of their relatives, in secret, even their parents didn't know about it.
The baby doesn't bear any responsibility for the way he was born," the metropolitan said at a session of the Biblical-Theological Commission in Moscow.

On the other hand, he further said, responsibility for a baby's Christian upbringing lays on his or her parents or godparents.

"If parents don't repent in what they did and godparents by the fact of their participation in the Sacrament express their approval of the sinful act, then what Christian upbringing can we talk about? Shouldn't we postpone the baby's baptism till he or she reaches the age of consciousness?" the metropolitan asks.

Refusal to baptize babies in such cases would play a pastoral role, he believes, as thus the society will get "an evident sign from the Church that practice of the surrogate maternity is unacceptable from the Christian point of view."

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