A priest at the Greek Orthodox Church in Germany refused to perform a baptism on a three-year-old girl after she told him she didn’t want to be baptized.
The iPhone video of the incident, shot by a family friend and sent to The Pappas Post, has gone viral on various Greek news and blog sites and has been a major topic of the news in Greece.
The priest, an Archimandrite of the church named Fr. Petros Klitsch from the Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox Church in Munich, refused young Lydia her baptism after the the girl– appearing to be agitated and unruly– responded “no” several times after he tried calming her and asking her if she wanted to be baptized.
Fr. Klits later apologized to the family following numerous interviews on Greek television stations.
The video of the incident is below:
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