Skip to comments.Orthodoxy disallows Danish Church baptisms
Posted on 09/20/2012 4:58:09 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
The Russian Orthodox Church has said it no longer accepts baptisms carried out by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark, according to Kristeligt Dagblad.
The announcement from the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate in Moscow comes as a reaction to the introduction by the Danish church of marriages between homosexuals.
We do not officially recognise Danish or Swedish baptism, says Archpriest Dimitry Sizonenko, the Patriarchates secretary for inter-Christian relations. The practice whereby someone is accepted without being re-baptised will be impossible for us, as homosexual relationships are a sin in Orthodox theology, he adds.
The move will only affect those members of the Danish Lutheran Church who seek to convert to the Russian Orthodox Church, or want to marry in the church. For these, the new rule will mean re-baptism.
While the move may only have limited application, its symbolic effect is seen as being a major step backwards in religious circles.
Previously (Christian) churches could at least agree that there was one baptism. If you cannot agree that a baptism is the entrance to the Christian church, there is not much left of ecumenical cooperation, says Southern Denmark University Religious Studies Ass. Prof. Annika Hvithmar.
It is not the first time that the Russian Orthodox Church has displayed an intransigent view on homosexuality.
In 2006, the church broke all relations with the Swedish Church when a blessing ritual for registered partnerships was introduced.
We normally have a strong and good relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church so representatives for the Danish Lutheran Church will have to discuss the issue with Sizonenko or other senior representatives before I will recognise a total breakdown (in relations), says Dean Anders Gadegard, the Danish churchs representative in the World Council of Churches.
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It could be very much a sign that as talks of the Orthodox Church with the Roman Catholic Church continue on, with in time as God wills and provides, a pathway towards full unity, look for more such efforts to take place to not accept the baptisms of certain churches.
The Russian church is 100% correct to take that position.
Wasn’t that Kierkegaard’s Church?
Next Obama term an Eastern Orthodox church will be legally forced to accept such baptisms
Will not happen.
Of course Trinitarian baptism is supposed to be the one great ecumenically acknowledged sacrament among us different separated brethren, but I can sympathize with the Russian Orthodox here in the face of the hypermodernist Protestants of the West who are ditching traditional Christian moral and other teachings as fast as they can to adapt to the Zeitgeist...
Good for them. Some church should actually stand up for the Word.
The Christian faith is premised that Jesus,the only-Begotten Son of the Father, the eternal Word became flesh and taught with authority.
He has said: “but from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
To reject this clear teaching of scripture is to reject the One who taught it.
Luther says that without the Word the water is nothing but common water.
Those who deny the Word are not being “re-baptized”; for they were never truly Baptized in the first place.
No, it isn’t. The general Danish acceptance of homosexuality cannot in itself invalidate a proper Trinitarian baptism. In a sense the R.O.C. is showing the common eastern problem of Donatism.
I sense, that the ROC is taking this position because, with the rest of the Orthodox Churches, and they have been, in talks with Rome about ironing out the problems or issues that have been the cause of so much division between the two big liturgy-based churches so the dream of being able to “breathe with two lungs” will become a reality.
Also do you know that Pope B16 has been in talks with the Orthodox?
You can't very well hold a membership ceremony for hell, and then turn around and want heaven to accept that membership as well.
It could also be a call by the ROC to the Danish Lutherian faith community to do some soul-searching and repentence.
The general Danish acceptance of homosexuality cannot in itself invalidate a proper Trinitarian baptism. In a sense the R.O.C. is showing the ... problem of Donatism.Well said.
Donatism...or are the Danish and Swedes really neo-Arians?
I think this just applies to the “state” churches. There some small synods in both Sweden and Denmark who are much more orthodox.
Good for the Russian Orthodox. Make a stand.
I would have said, "homosexual relationships are a sin in Christian theology", even though the phrase would offend those who are pretending to be Christian but rewriting the Bible to fix what they see as God's mistakes.
Yes, I know that Benedict XVI has been in talks with the Orthodox. All the popes since at least Paul VI have been in talks with the Orthodox.
I don’t think this is about the R.O.C. view of the Catholic Church. After all, we still accept the baptisms of Danes as valid. We believe baptisms are invalid only when they are improper in some respect.