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Priest Resigns After Error Invalidates Thousands Of Baptisms

US priest, Reverend Andres Arango, used the wrong words while baptising babies for over 20 years – leaving thousands of baptisms technically invalidated.

According to the Diocese of Phoenix, Reverend Andres Arango said, "we baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" during thousands of baptisms at Catholic churches across the US and in Brazil.

According to the Vatican, the correct phrasing is "I baptise you" as opposed to "we baptise you".

The Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, said in a statement: "We are saddened to announce some difficult information regarding baptisms performed by Rev. Andres Arango, a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix, who also had been a member of the Eudist religious community,"

"After careful study, it has been determined that the form (words) Fr. Andres used for the sacrament of baptism has been incorrect, and all of the baptisms he has performed until June 17, 2021, are presumed invalid. Any baptisms performed by Fr. Andres after June 17, 2021, are presumed valid and do not need to be repeated."

Fr. Arango released a statement expressing his sincere apology to the families and individuals he incorrectly baptised. It read: "I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience my actions have caused and genuinely ask for your prayers, forgiveness, and understanding,"