Greek Orthodox bishop dunks baby in water during violent baptism

Twitter users are shocked by ‘most violent baptism ever’ as bizarre footage shows Greek Orthodox bishop repeatedly dunking baby in water

  • Archbishop swings naked boy by his arms and repeatedly dunks him in the basin 
  • It is believed video was filmed in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, at a Greek Orthodox church
  • Church does ‘forceful’ baptisms as it’s seen as solution to declining birth rates

Twitter users have been outraged after bizarre footage emerged on social media showing a Greek Orthodox bishop violently baptising a baby in water.

In the clip the Archbishop swings the naked child by its arms and repeatedly dunks him in the baptismal font.

The clergyman dips the boy in the basin three times before handing him back to the parents who seem totally unfazed.


The Archbishop swings the naked child by its arms and repeatedly dunks him in the baptismal font

It is believed the clip was filmed in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, at a Greek Orthodox church. 

It is tradition for Greek Orthodox churches to perform ‘forceful’  baptisms because it is seen as a solution to the declining birth rate.

Many online commentators have criticised the bishop’s rough approach.

On Twitter, Zita London wrote: ‘Oh my I bet this baby is left brain dead.’

The clergyman dips the boy in the basin three times before handing him back to his unfazed parents

It is believed the footage was filmed in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, at a Greek Orthodox church


It is tradition for Greek Orthodox churches to perform ‘forceful’ baptisms because it is seen as a solution to the declining birth rate

Another user posted: ‘Omg that’s the most violent baptism?! I’ve ever seen?!’

User @myaaa_tyn wrote: ‘Baptism?? More like attempted murder.’

Mildred Tuhaise commented: ‘But this sort of baptism. Aaaah. It’s actually Roughism.’

Last year, a similar video emerged of a baby being violently dunked in water in a church in Georgia.  

Many people have criticism the Patriarchy’s rough methods, calling them: ‘cruelty’, ‘abuse’, ‘evil’, ‘shameful’ and ‘insane’

Needless to say, all the little ones have panic written all over their face as they are plunged under the water, and burst into tears afterwards

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