Conditions for Baptism of S/S Couples’ Children

Would You Baptize the Adopted Child of a Same Sex Couple?

Question: “Would you baptize the adopted child of a same-sex couple?”

Answer: Sure. Of course before the baptism the couple would need to assure me that they are able to raise the child to know and love Jesus and to be his disciple. And that would mean that they would need to repent and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and that would mean separating from one another, living celibate lives, and affirming the truthfulness of the entirety of scripture. Apart from any of these things, baptizing the child would actually do both the couple and the child great harm by granting a veneer of Christian legitimacy to their union. That would be hateful and destructive since it would affirm a sin that scripture says leads the unrepentant away from the kingdom of God.



The first section of this post shows the attitude of The Revd. Matt. Kennedy, a former TEC priest, but now part of the ACNA breakaway church in the United States of America. In his response to the question of whether or not he would baptize the child of a Same-Sex couple, Mr. Kennedy demands that the adoptive parents separate from one another, thereby demolishing the very family into which the child has been legally accepted for nurture. One wonders whether this is what Jesus would have done in the same circumstances? I leave readers to evaluate the theology of this response – in the light of Jesus’ call to ALL people to receive baptism.

In the second space, I have given the link to a more hopeful scenario of a ceremony in the TEC (Episcopal) Church of Holy Trinity, Wall Street, New York, wherein the whole congregation welcomes their new chief pastor, and celebrates the Festival of The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ in a Solemn Sung Eucharist, presided over by the Episcopal Bishop of New York – in the presence of Presiding Bishop of TEC, The Most Reverend Katherine Jefferts-Schori, and the Archbishop of Southern Africa, The Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba.

It is worth taking time to watch the video of this service, to hear the splendid sermon and to witness the Anglo-Catholic Liturgy accompanied by a first-call Choir. A demonstration of The Episcopal Church at its very best!

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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3 Responses to Conditions for Baptism of S/S Couples’ Children

  1. Miichael says:

    This really saddens me. ‘…affirming the truthfulness of the entirety of scripture.’ I’m very with former Archbishop Desmond Tutu on this:

    ‘You have to understand is that the Bible is really a library of books and it has different categories of material… There are certain parts which you have to say no to. The Bible accepted slavery. St Paul said women should not speak in church at all and there are people who have used that to say women should not be ordained. There are many things that you shouldn’t accept.’

    Without getting in-depth into theology, I think it’s fair to say Christ came (in part) to change the way we see and treat each. Or at least I hope that’s so. It’s very painful for a person to have strong faith and love for Our Lord, but be hated, or sometimes worse… tolerated, by the intermediaries of our faith.
    Thank you for your voice in these matters Father Ron, it brings hope.

    • kiwianglo says:

      Thanks, Michael. Just to boost that hope you speak about, and if you have the time, do click onto the link with Trinity, Wall Street and listen to the excellent sermon. It is full of faith, hope and love. Agape, Ron

      • Michael says:

        Thanks, Father. That was a beautiful hope-filled antidote to the insidious sadness of the statement above. I liked Pope Francis’ statement of baptising martians – should the need arise. One wonders if martians came in more than two genders how things would work out… I don’t think the catechism covers that. But I also wonder about true hermaphroditism and chromosomal conditions, xxyy, xxxy, and so on; gender based genotypic and phenotypical expressions in humans, in the context of the above statement. To reify someone’s gender and family to a binary system seems as scientific as calling grass purple, and much less empathetic. But enough musing, the service was beautiful. Thank you, blessed Ascensiontide to you and yours, Father. (And agape – wonderful word.)

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