Father Kristijan Zeba from the Archdiocese of Rijeka in Croatia said in his 16 years with the “Roman collar” he has never had such a blasphemous request.
He was asked to baptize the child of a same-sex couple.
He refused, saying “my conscience is completely clear and I think this is the only right thing for me.”
His explanation was that the child will not be raised in the Catholic Faith.
“Because they are already in sin, the two of them are in sin because they live contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church, and we know very well that the teaching of the Catholic Church is that marriage is exclusive male and female, anything else is unacceptable.”
The decision has caused a stir in his parish, as Father Zeba asked for his parishioner’s thoughts about the matter on Facebook.
Some sided with him:
“If they don’t believe, and it looks like they don’t, what’s the use of baptizing a child for them? That’s just to provoke. How can two people who are, you know, parents who they are and what they are, I mean two same people, I think he is right.”
The deputy mayor of Rijeka Sandra Krpan did not, however, quoting their archbishop
Mate Uzinić’s message to LGBT people that “the Church should meet every person.”
“I am sincerely sorry that the reverend refused to baptize the child, I truly believe that the church should reach out to every person and that the answer cannot be aggression and violence, which we really believe was done to both the child and the parents.”
The Archdiocese of Rijeka has said the archbishop is not familiar with what happened and has no comment.