Argentine archbishop defends baptism of lesbian couple’s child

Lesbian baptism defended

An Argentine archbishop has said the recent baptism of a baby being raised by her mother and a lesbian partner is not an endorsement of their lifestyle, reports The Tablet.

Archbishop Carlos Nanez of Cordoba, in whose cathedral the baptism took place, said the situation mirrored that of any other person who asks for baptism: 'The one who is receiving baptism is the girl. It is her right,' he said.

Umma Azul was baptised on April 5. Azul is the daughter of Soledad Ortiz, who entered a civil marriage with her same-sex partner Kartina Villarroel under Argentina’s equal marriage law, passed in July 2010.

Denying media reports that he had met the lesbian couple and authorised their confirmation, Archbishop Nanez said in a statement to the US-based Catholic News Agency that 'they came here without speaking to me and were directed to a parish where they had to fulfil the necessary requirements for preparation for baptism.'

He added that he had spoken about the case with Cardinal Antonio Canizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, 'so the Holy See is aware of this.'

The Archbishop noted that at baptism, parents and godparents commit to raise the child in the faith.

FULL STORY Archbishop defends decision to allow baptism of lesbian couple’s child (The Tablet)

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