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ALL BAPTISMS PERFORMED BY A PHOENIX PRIEST ARE INVALID BECAUSE HE CHANGED ONE WORD

FIRST ARTICLE
By: Elisha Fieldstadt


St. Gregory Catholic Church (Phoenix, Arizona)

A priest resigned earlier this month after his diocese discovered the baptisms he had performed were invalid because he had changed a single word while performing the sacrament.

"It is with sincere pastoral concern that I inform the faithful that baptisms performed by Reverend Andres Arango, a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix, are invalid," Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix Thomas J. Olmsted announced in a letter last month.

Priest Andres Arango pciture

"This determination was made after careful study by diocesan officials and through consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome," he wrote.

Arango, who has been practicing as a priest for more than two decades, used the phrase “We baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," instead of "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

"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," Olmsted said.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2020 clarified that using "we" during the first sacrament was not valid.

It wasn't immediately clear how many baptisms Arango performed. He also practiced in San Diego and Brazil.

In a letter to his parish, Arango wrote: "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."

He said he resigned, effective Feb. 1, so he could "dedicate my energy and full time ministry to help remedy this and heal those affected."

"I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience my actions have caused and genuinely ask for your prayers, forgiveness, and understanding," he wrote.
The Diocese of Phoenix said Arango "has not disqualified himself from his vocation and ministry" and "remains a priest in good standing."

Those who believe they or their children were baptized by Arango can fill out a form online to be properly baptized. Subsequent sacraments, including marriage, may need to be repeated by those who had invalid baptisms performed by Arango, according to the Diocese of Phoenix.

SECOND ARTICLE

Priest who botched thousands of baptisms steps down after 25 years
By: Hannah Sparks


An Arizona priest has voluntarily stepped down as church pastor after learning he’d botched thousands of baptisms with one simple mistake during a single line of text.
“I deeply regret my error and how this has affected numerous people in your parish and elsewhere,” Father Andres Arango wrote in his letter of resignation, shared on his parish website.

The gaffe came as Arango — and potentially others — mistakenly used the pronoun “we” where he should have said “I” — as in, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son of the Holy Spirit.” According to church doctrine, it is singularly Arango (“I”), and not the community (“we”), who is imbued with the power of God, thus nullifying the rite of baptism.

Now, church officials are asking their members to help them locate “those in need of the sacraments” to ensure their salvation.
Arango resigned his seat at Saint Gregory’s Catholic Church in Phoenix on Feb. 1, according to the Diocese of Phoenix.

The news came to light as the Vatican recently issued a statement of clarification regarding baptismal protocol, effectively voiding Fr. Arango’s 25 years of conducting sacraments at Saint Gregory’s, where he began in 2012, and previously churches in San Diego and Brazil, the Daily Mail reported on Monday.
The question prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese to conduct an investigation of its ministers to uncover invalid baptisms.

Meanwhile, his congregation is petitioning for their “transformative” faith leader to be reinstated, begging their diocese to “emphasize” God’s forgiveness and “show its faithful [to] what it truly means to be Catholic.”

Said the Diocese of Phoenix in a statement on their website, “It is not the community that baptizes a person and incorporates them into the Church of Christ; rather, it is Christ, and Christ alone, who presides at all sacraments; therefore, it is Christ who baptizes. The Baptismal Formula (the words used in the Rite) has always been guarded for this reason: so it is clear that we receive our baptism through Jesus and not the community.”

Despite the clarification, some of Arango’s followers have called on the church to practice what they preach. “Rather than giving Father Andres the opportunity to stay at St. Gregory and rectify the situation, he is being removed from a community that loves and cares for him,” they wrote in their petition. Arango, they claim, led “numerous” children at St. Gregory to know “the meaning of faith, community and fellowship.”

“Catholics are taught that God forgives, is all loving, and shows compassion to everyone,” they added.

The Phoenix Diocese has said that Arango “remains a priest in good standing,” but will now focus his service to the church on rectifying his mistakes.

“With the help of the Holy Spirit and in communion with diocesan leadership, he will dedicate his energy and full-time ministry to helping and healing those who were invalidly baptized. He remains a priest in good standing,” the diocese writes.

PERSONAL COMMENT BY GLORIA.TV USER

I think the church did right more than wrong by removing him from exercising his priesthood that way, we can not use God's mercy and his words to twist things around and justify such a sacrilegious act, all those people who continued with their sacraments have committed sacrilege if they did their first communion and went to confession

How do you fix such an impious an irreverent act? All priests are clearly taught WHAT THEY MUST NEVER DO WHEN IT COMES TO SACRAMENTS, THERE'S NO WAY TO JUSTIFY ANY CHANGES DONE WHEN DOING A BAPTISM, HOLY COMMUNION, CONFIRMATION, CONSECRATION OF THE HOLY HOST DURING THE EUCHARIST, ETC.

The church for centuries has safeguarded the words given to them by Jesus himself, and should never be altered. So, for that there's no mercy, mercy is what the church is dong by telling people about such a huge mistake, mercy is removing the priest from exercising his priesthood that way and putting him under strict surveillance, and making him undo all the wrong he's done as a penance, that's true mercy, reinstating him as a priest again WOULD BE UNMERCIFUL, AND IRREVERENT TO GOD.

If that priest dies today he will not make it to purgatory. God is super strict in those things that pertain to the priesthood, it's harder for a priest to be saved than to a parishioner.

We ought to pray for him A LOT AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE HIM, TO PRAY A CROWN TO THE DIVINE MERCY AND OFFER IT FOR THE SALVATION OF HIS SOUL AT THE HOUR OF DEATH. 20 years is A LOT OF TIME, AND A LOT OF FAMILIES BEING HARMED BY THE DISOBEDIENCE OF THIS PRIEST.

May God keep us from corrupt priests as one of the prophets said in the bible. God bless. Pray for his salvation and do not justify in the least such acts, that's not mercy that's impiety, irreverence, sacrilege and maybe damnation for people who were not baptized and carried on with getting other sacraments.