But social media is doing a face palm over a facebook post by a man in Orlando whose infant son was scheduled for baptism in the Cathedral in Orlando, only to be called 3 days before and told, er, no.
The Dean shared there were members of the congregation who opposed Jack’s baptism and although he hoped to resolve the conflict, he was not yet able to (the Bishop of Central Florida, Greg Brewer, was also involved). After probing further the Dean said “the issue is with you and Eric being the first two men who will baptize their child at the Cathedral.” He offered his apologies and further explained this was a bigger deal because of the exposure that comes along with the baptism taking place at the Cathedral. In essence “this is not no forever, just not now.” Three days before our son was to be baptized he was turned away. At that moment, he was unwelcomed by the church, and denied his rite to be recognized as a Christian. I was speechless, angry, and heartbroken.ExCUSE me? "members of the congregation" oppose baptism of an infant? Because, why, exactly? Go on, we're waiting.
And the Dean caved? We don't know more than that, but I'm sure we are all cynics enough to think the protestors have a large checkbook. I hope the Cathedral Deans I've known would have told the complainers to get over their fat selves and proceeded on schedule with the service. In fact I know they would have.
The original poster behaves in a far more Christian way than many of us would. Later word is that the Bishop says he did NOT block the baptism and is seeking a way forward.
But this is a shameful act that shows TEC has yet to attain the position it claims to have reached. Listen, when you say all are welcome, well, all means ALL.