A mother of a one-month-old baby has claimed she showed a photo of the girl to the priest who then turned down the baptism.
A mother of a one-month-old baby has claimed that a priest has bluntly refused to baptise her baby because she has a large birthmark on her body which the priest termed unholily.
Maria Khvostantseva opened up about this when reporting to the local media about how her child is been treated due to her birthmark.
The mum, 22, claimed she showed a photo of the girl to the priest who then turned down the baptism.
She claims the Christian priest claimed he did not know if the birthmark was contagious or how other parents would react in Russia.
Maria also said that the priest had asked her to not share the case in social media because it was unholy.
And then the priest offered to carry out the baptism, but only if she paid him £45 (4,000 RUB).
The priest is said to have wanted to host a special individual baptism for the little tot.
Maria said the birthmark covers 80 per cent of her child’s body.
Doctors had told her to look for private treatment if she wants it treated.
Pictures show the large black mark across the baby’s back and mole-like blotches on her face.
However, the church spokesman for Kurgan Metropolis, Mikhail Nasonov, said that this type of behaviour is unacceptable for a priest.
He added that the diocese has been unable to launch an investigation.
This is because the girl’s mum had not specified the priest’s name nor where it happened.
Christianity is the most widely professed religion in the country with 71% of the population identifying as Orthodox.