Catholic Priest Resigns After Thousands of Baptisms Invalidated

If you were baptized in Phoenix, you may have to check to see if it was done correctly.

That is the dilemma of thousands of Catholics today.

Rev. Andres Arango has been doing it wrong for decades.

He has since stepped down.

Uh Oh…

Everyone about the Catholic faith begins at baptism.

It is a sacrament to cleanse your soul, welcome you to the flock, and enable you to receive future sacraments.

Technically, without baptism, anything that happened past that point would also be invalidated.

The big crime here by Rev. Arango was that he did not use the proper wording when performing the baptisms.

He changed the word “I” to “we” in the ceremony.

He was stating, “We baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Arango apologized for the thousands of mistakes he made, stating, “It saddens me to learn that I have performed invalid baptisms throughout my ministry as a priest by regularly using an incorrect formula.

“I deeply regret my error and how this has affected numerous people in your parish and elsewhere.”

The head of the Archdiocese of Phoenix, Bishop Olmsted, has assured everyone that they can be baptized again, correctly this time.

Olmsted stated, “The key phrase in question is the use of ‘We baptize’ in place of ‘I baptize.’

“The issue with using ‘We’ is that it is not the community that baptizes a person, rather, it is Christ, and Him alone, who presides at all of the sacraments, and so it is Christ Jesus who baptizes.”

Source: The Hill


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