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Russia: Orthodox priest suspended after violent baptism ceremony *SENSITIVE CONTENT*02:24

Russia: Orthodox priest suspended after violent baptism ceremony *SENSITIVE CONTENT*

Russian Federation, Gatchina
August 16, 2019 at 15:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Orthodox priest Vasily Necheporenko, known as Father Foty, was suspended from service for a year after performing a violent baptism ceremony in the town of Gatchina, as footage released on Friday shows.

In the video, the priest from the Intercession Church of Marienburg can be seen in the baptism ceremony on August 10. The priest takes the one-year-old baby and carries him to the small baptismal font using considerable force. The infant can be seen resisting and crying loudly, as his mother tries to stop the procedure.

Father Foty says that he acted in accordance with the rites of the Orthodox Church and claimed that the child’s mother behaved "extremely emotionally."

"The mother should have acted more calmly and everything would have been quiet," said the priest.

The infant’s mother, Anastasia Alekseeva, said the baptism ceremony had gone wrong from the beginning as Father Foty had "started lecturing me that I was a bad mother, I was far from the Church."

Alekseeva added that as she tried to take her child away from the priest "He told me to stay out of this and that it was none of my business. As a result, he doused him three times."

The Gatchina Diocese issued an apology and suspended Father Foty for a year after footage from the incident became public.

The child's mother filled a police report after the ceremony and the Gatchina authorities have started an investigation into the case.

Russia: Orthodox priest suspended after violent baptism ceremony *SENSITIVE CONTENT*02:24
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Russian Orthodox priest Vasily Necheporenko, known as Father Foty, was suspended from service for a year after performing a violent baptism ceremony in the town of Gatchina, as footage released on Friday shows.

In the video, the priest from the Intercession Church of Marienburg can be seen in the baptism ceremony on August 10. The priest takes the one-year-old baby and carries him to the small baptismal font using considerable force. The infant can be seen resisting and crying loudly, as his mother tries to stop the procedure.

Father Foty says that he acted in accordance with the rites of the Orthodox Church and claimed that the child’s mother behaved "extremely emotionally."

"The mother should have acted more calmly and everything would have been quiet," said the priest.

The infant’s mother, Anastasia Alekseeva, said the baptism ceremony had gone wrong from the beginning as Father Foty had "started lecturing me that I was a bad mother, I was far from the Church."

Alekseeva added that as she tried to take her child away from the priest "He told me to stay out of this and that it was none of my business. As a result, he doused him three times."

The Gatchina Diocese issued an apology and suspended Father Foty for a year after footage from the incident became public.

The child's mother filled a police report after the ceremony and the Gatchina authorities have started an investigation into the case.

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