“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.
Infant Baptism originated from Roman Catholicism and has spread to other Sunday keeping denominations. According to the Bible Children do not know the difference between right and wrong therefore do not need baptism until they grow to make their own life choices, then they can baptise.
Jesus who is our example was baptised at the age of 30 not in his infancy because infants do not know sin.