ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church said it would send a letter of protest to the archbishop who leads the church in the United States after he baptized the children of famous fashion designer Peter Dundas and his son. partner, Evangelo Bousis.
Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided over the July 9 ceremony near Athens during a private visit to Greece. Dundas and Bousis have a surrogate son and daughter.
Dundas, who has designed red carpet and performance outfits for A-list artists such as Beyoncé, Ciara and Mary J. Blige, agreed to have her children baptized as Orthodox, her partner’s religion. Bousis is of Greek origin.
In a statement posted on its website on Tuesday, the ruling Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church said it would send letters of complaint to the leader of the American Church as well as the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians around the world. , Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Greek Orthodox Church does not recognize same-sex unions. 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 featured an excerpt from a July 2 speech in New York in which he spoke about the need for religion to heal divisions in society.
“Every person, 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 also worthy of our love,” Elpidophoros said. “The Church will never reject anyone on the basis of their character.”
The Holy Synod’s complaint was filed in response to a letter addressed to the leadership of the church by Metropolitan Bishop Antonios de Glyfada. He authorized the baptism of the children of Dundas and Evangelo Bousis, but said he was unaware the ceremony involved a same-sex couple.
“His Eminence the Archbishop of America acted unilaterally, on his own initiative and inappropriately, knowing full well that these children (of God) do not belong to our (religious) family,” Antonios wrote. ___ Follow Gatopoulos on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dgatopoulos