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Offline Mo the Ethio

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Child Baptism Question
« on: September 28, 2007, 11:07:46 PM »
Can an infant be Baptised into the faith if the parents are not Orthodox?

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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2007, 11:23:37 PM »
Does the child have the consent of her parents to be baptized?

What role will the child's parents have in bringing the child up in the Orthodox faith if they don't embrace that faith already?

Are the parents pursuing their own reception into the Church?
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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2007, 11:32:28 PM »
Does the child have the consent of his parents to be baptized?

What role will the child's parents have in bringing the child up in the Orthodox faith if they don't embrace that faith already?

Are the parents pursuing their own reception into the Church?

1.  Yes
2. Unknown
3. Not actively...though they are open to Orthodoxy.

4........     Can I sponsor this child with the consent of her parents?
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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2007, 11:47:43 PM »
4........     Can I sponsor this child with the consent of her parents?
I guess that depends on whether the baptism has the consent of the child's priest.  As far as any general Traditional/Patristic/Canonical rules regarding such a baptism, I'm hoping some other posters will be able to provide this pov, since I'm no student of the canons.
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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2007, 11:53:25 PM »
Planning on talking with a priest tomorrow. Was hopeing someone might be able to give me a bit of insight this evening though.
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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007, 05:59:50 AM »
I think the Orthodox sponsor - godparent - would be a BIG part of this equation.
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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2007, 09:27:38 AM »
I think the Orthodox sponsor - godparent - would be a BIG part of this equation.

Right - if you're planning on sponsoring the child, and the parents are not Orthodox, then you must also plan on having a very active role in the child's development for a long time.  Your influence will be critically important.
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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2007, 10:44:44 AM »
The priest will make the ecision after meeting with you as the godfather and the parents. He may need to get permission from his Bishop and there may actually be documents signed to protect the Church from latter misunderstandings with the parents.

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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2007, 04:07:36 PM »
Right - if you're planning on sponsoring the child, and the parents are not Orthodox, then you must also plan on having a very active role in the child's development for a long time.  Your influence will be critically important.


  That`s  the plan. :)
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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2007, 05:57:22 PM »
^^Sounds like a good plan, then! And who knows..maybe the parents will follow their child into the Church.
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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2007, 09:22:52 PM »
That`s  the plan. :)

What a joyous blessing for you!  May God bless you both.

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Re: Child Baptism Question
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2007, 09:34:34 PM »
That`s  the plan. :) 

Then it will be critical that the priest sees your total devotion to this cause.  As Thomas stated so well, the Bishop is ultimately responsible for all baptisms, and in cases like these the priest may seek his decision in the matter - in which case, the priest needs to have a clear picture of your commitment and thorough planning.
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