Norwegian Couple Whose Children Were Seized Over Christian Upbringing Reunited With Infant Son

Bodnariu-compressedA Norwegian couple whose five children who were seized by the country’s child welfare services last November have now been reunited with their infant son.

“Baby Ezekiel has been returned to his parents! Praise the Lord!” wrote Cristian Ionescu, a Chicago-area pastor who is serving as a spokesperson for the Bodnariu family.

As previously reported, in November, the Barnevernet seized Marius and Ruth Bodnariu’s two daughters, two sons and baby Ezekiel. The two eldest children were reportedly removed from school without their parents knowledge, and then Barnevarnet representatives arrived with police at the Bodnariu home, where welfare services seized the remaining children, minus the baby.

The organization returned the following day and removed the infant as well after the family tried to resolve the matter after being arrested.

Marius Bodnariu’s brother, Daniel, who is a pastor, explained in an online statement that the matter began when the children’s principal contacted welfare services after expressing concerns over how they were being raised, including in regard to the family’s Christian beliefs.

“The process of confiscating the Bodnariu children started when the Vevring School principal, the middle school attended by Eliana and Naomi, called the Barnevernet and expressed her concerns regarding the girls’ religious upbringing, her understanding that the girls are being disciplined at home, and that she considers the parents and grandmother to be radical Christians; an overriding concern that the principal’s perception of the parents’ and grandmother’s religious beliefs inhibit and handicap the girls’ development,” he outlined.

During the course of the case, the discussion turned to abuse allegations as Barnevernet expressed concern that the children might have been spanked, which is illegal in Norway. The grandparents of the children, who have lived with the family at times, have rejected the allegations completely.

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“We can assure that we have never seen that violence has been used against the children,” the grandfather said in a recent blog post. “Not even that they have raised their voices to them. The children themselves have never told us that the parents have been nasty to them.”

The family has been fighting for the past five months for the return of the children, and this week, a judge sided with the Bodnariu’s that baby Ezekiel should be with this parents.

“[The] judge partially ruled in support of the Bodnariu family: the custody decision for Ezekiel has been reversed! The judge instructed that Baby Ezekiel should go to be home with his biological parents!” Ionescu announced on Tuesday.

“The judge also ruled that Marius & Ruth will be allowed to see the two older boys twice a week for two hours at a time,” he also noted. “There is no news yet pertaining to the girls.”

The Bodnarius will continue to seek the return of their four other children as protests continue in various locations throughout the globe.


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  • Peter Leh

    the scandinavians are serious about spanking children.

    • gizmo23

      In you read the story from Norway you would find that the parents admitted slapping the kids in the head.

      • Peter Leh

        can you provide a link? Thanks!

        • gizmo23

          I would have to re dig for one at home. Go to an oslo newspaper and do a google search

          • Peter Leh

            http://www. worldmag. com/2016/01/support_swells_for_christian_family_in_norway_after_authorities_seize_children

            “Barnevernet workers interrogated the girls at school regarding their
            home life. The girls reported they sometimes hid things from their
            parents for fear of being punished by getting an ear pulled or slapped
            across the behind or upside the head, but neither was afraid to go home.

          • gizmo23

            It is abuse if it happened in the USA and it would be investigated. Norway might be tougher, but it is still wrong

          • gizmo23

            Now my link is gone. What is disturbing to me is that statements from the kids are removed from this story in an effort to garner a sense of outrage. Very dishonest reporting

          • Peter Leh

            “Daniel
            Bodnariu attests that the agency found no evidence of any kind of abuse
            and that Barnevernet officials relied on the stories of the two eldest
            girls, who reported that their parents slapped them occasionally, which
            he described in the Post as “light punishments.”

            It is illegal in Norway to slap or physically punish a child.”

            https://www. lifesitenews. com/news/five-children-seized-by-norwegian-govt-to-be-adopted-out-as-protests-grow

          • gizmo23

            A parent slapping a child is abuse

          • IzTheBiz

            Not according to the bible, but you are obviously not a believer, so its pointless to argue with darkened minds!

          • gizmo23

            Then the Bible is wrong, just like killing gay people

          • Peter Leh

            “slapping” might be… depends on the slap.

            i have seen it both ways.

          • Peter Leh

            Not that we are to dismiss what children say… but with no history nor evidence of physical abuse … theses alleged allegations seem awful benign.

          • gizmo23

            Do you apply the same standard to people you disagree with ?

          • Peter Leh

            i hope so. I don;t even nor if i disagree with you. just asking for clarification. 🙂

        • acontraryview

          http:// norwaytoday. info/news/norwegian-romanian-couple-gets-back-one-five-children-child-care/

          • Peter Leh

            thank you.

            According to your link the “couple admitted that they have given the children a slap on the butt and
            pulled them in their ears – even though they knew that such upbringing
            methods are illegal in Norway”

            how common is it for Norway to enforce this law. i understand the country is pretty serious about it

    • acontraryview

      Actually, they are serious about NOT spanking children.

    • IzTheBiz

      No, in fact what they are serious about is controlling the individual and destroying the family. That is exactly what socialism is about. The left hates the family with a passion. They will create a pseudo marriage in the form of ‘gay marriage’ and they will take over the authority of the family. All leftist governments do this. Nothing really to do with spanking. That’s just a convenient excuse for breaking up families. But Norway is no longer a Christian country. When you get so many so called ‘Christians’ that don’t offer Godly resistance to such evil, you’ve lost the battle. It’s as pagan as they come.

  • Kenneth Hanson

    I still find this decision to be totally bizarre!

    • gizmo23

      They admitted slapping the kids in the head. They are child abusers

      • Josey

        where’s the link? What I looked up says they were accused of corporal punishment by the government that took the children, no where does it say they admitted to slapping the children in the head or anywhere for that matter and unless you have a link that says they admitted it you just are posting lies. The parents and the family members denied that allegation from what I’ve read, you are a liar! Maybe you think posting lies enough ppl will just take your word for it. You should be flagged and removed for lying on this site which you do all the time!

        • gizmo23

          If I’m a liar don’t reply to me. Go ahead and flag me.
          Do some research before opening your mouth

        • gizmo23

          Funny that my links are blocked

          • IzTheBiz

            Try unblocking your brain first!

        • acontraryview

          Here ya go:

          http:// norwaytoday. info/news/norwegian-romanian-couple-gets-back-one-five-children-child-care/

        • gizmo23

          I humbility await your apology. I don’t expect one however

      • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

        This is a lie. The link you provided does not say what you claim. Liars lie.

        • gizmo23

          My link was removed. It clearly stated the parents hit the kids in the head

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            If you don’t understand this link thing, perhaps you would do everyone the courtesy of not making claims that rely on links you cannot post. Your fellow traveller “acontraryveiw” posted a link for you, attracting no “that’s the wrong link” from you and surprise! it says you’re making up the finer details where it really matters. It’s funny that you don’t care so much about the truth.

      • IzTheBiz

        Bother to read the actual story, you twit!. People like you are the reason such stupidity occurs in the first place!

        • gizmo23

          I read the unedited story from Norway. BTW I must flag you

  • Max

    Heaven help a teacher with a room full of kids who never received any discipline from their parents. Corporal punishment has been used for thousands of years, there’s nothing wrong with it in itself. Most people who got spanked turn out fine, people who never got spanked definitely will not turn out fine.

    • gizmo23

      I never hit my kids and they are fine. I turn in people I see hit their children, it is abuse

      • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

        Yes it is abuse. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • Karl M

        Old maids meddle.

      • boldly

        To each his own! I was disciplined as a child and thankful to my parents who had wisdom in each situation on what form of correction to take. There was a few times they did not spare the rod, but over all some form of control has to be applied, they had 5 children and all different. My children are grown now and tell my wife and myself, exactly what we told our parents we were grateful to them for our up bringing. I understand others reasonings as well, being a counselor there are medical, physical and physiological issues to ixamine and explanations of child behavior.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    It’s so abnormal for the Western nations to hate Christianity this century. They need to admit that there is no morality or conscience apart from Christianity. Humanists only promote blasphemies, sexual immorality, infanticide, moral chaos, and suicide. All their filthy toys rescue no one on Judgment Day. The West needs Jesus for salvation as all others do.

  • acontraryview

    “Norwegian Couple Whose Children Were Seized Over Christian Upbringing ”

    Except they weren’t seized over Christian upbringing. They were removed from the home because of allegations of physical treatment that is in violation of Norwegian law. Unless, of course, they are saying that physically harming your children is part of being Christian.

  • localhistorywriter

    Funny thing is, the proglodytes who are totally OK with a woman aborting her baby get into a snit over spanking. A woman hiring a doctor to dismember an unborn child? No problem, that’s her “choice” and must be respected. A woman gives her child a swat on the rear? Call the cops. Dismembering a baby? No problem. Momentary stinging sensation on the poster? Send ’em to prison. Liberalism really is a mental disorder.

    • boldly

      To local: Thank you for your posting, great comparison!! Abortion: The Universal Killing Fields.