The patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church presided over the baptism of hundreds of babies in a Tbilisi cathedral on Sunday as part of an effort credited with helping raise the birth rate in this former Soviet nation. Patriarch Ilia II has promised to become the godfather of all babies born into Orthodox Christian families who already have two or more children. Since he began the mass baptisms in 2008, he has gained nearly 11,000 godchildren.
I have a specifically pointed thoroughly developed theological response to such things: Blah!
Even assuming that infant baptism is legitimate, no one person can really be an adequate ‘godfather’ to that many children. It’s a publicity stunt aimed, as the report notes, on increasing the birth rate.
But all they have to do for that to happen is become Catholics (or more specifically Catholic priests- those guys have loads of children). Or Homeschoolers. Those homeschoolers have hundreds of children.
Mass infant baptisms… if you could see me now you’d see me sticking my tongue out at you.
- Georgian Orthodox church patriarch’s mass baptisms boost birth rate (guardian.co.uk)
- Georgia’s Patriarch Baptizes 400 Babies (abcnews.go.com)