PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh-area couple is suing a city hospital and a Russian Orthodox priest who they claim conducted an unauthorized "emergency baptism" of their premature newborn son. But the priest says he didn't baptize the boy, but merely said a pre-baptismal prayer for the child who he never touched, let alone sprinkled with holy water.
Attorney Jeffrey Myers says his clients, Amanda and David Tatarko, of Aliquippa, are upset they weren't told about the ceremony at Magee-Women's Hospital where their son Logan, was born 16 weeks early in August 2010.
A hospital spokeswoman declined comment, but the Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest George Mitchell tells The Associated Press the entire thing is a misunderstanding.
He says the baby was in a neonatal intensive care unit so he simply sprinkled some water in a hospital hallway and said an emergency pre-baptismal prayer.