The Greek Church protests against the baptism of famous same-sex parents


ATHENS, Greece – The Greek Orthodox Church says it will send a letter of protest to the archbishop, who heads the church in the United States, after he baptized the children of famed fashion designer Peter Dundas and his partner Evangelo Bousis.

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided over the ceremony on July 9 near Athens during a private visit to Greece. Dundas and Bousis have a son and daughter born through surrogacy.

Dundas, who has designed red carpet and performance outfits for leading artists such as Beyoncé, Ciara and Mary J. Blige, agreed to have his children baptized Orthodox, his partner’s religion. Bousis is of Greek origin.

In a statement published on its website on Tuesday, the ruling Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church said it would send letters of complaint to the US Church leader as well as to the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Greek Orthodox Church does not recognize same-sex partnerships. Greece allows same-sex couples to enter into legal cohabitation agreements, but does not allow same-sex marriages.

Archbishop Elpidophoros did not immediately respond to the Greek Church’s objection. His official Twitter account included an excerpt of a July 2 speech in New York in which he spoke about the need for religion to heal divisions in society.

“Every human being, no matter who they are or what they have done, for better or for worse, is worthy of God’s love. And if they are worthy of God’s love, then they are worthy of our love,” said Elpidophoros. “The Church will never reject anyone because of their personality.”

The Holy Synod’s complaint was submitted in response to a letter from Metropolitan Bishop Antonios of Glyfada to the church leadership. He gave permission for the children of Dundas and Evangelo Bousis to be christened, but said he was unaware there was a same-sex couple involved in the ceremony.

“His Eminence the Archbishop of America acted unilaterally, on his own initiative and in an improper manner, fully knowing that these children (of God) do not belong to our (religious) family,” wrote Antonios. ___ Follow Gatopoulos on Twitter at The Greek Church protests against the baptism of famous same-sex parents

Dustin Huang

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