AmericaThousands of Catholics in Arizona may have to be re-baptized after Father Arango misspelled a word at Mass for 26 years.
While being baptized at St. Gregory Parish Church in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Father Andres Arango erroneously read “We baptize you” instead of the correct sentence “I baptize you” recognized by the Vatican . Because of his mistake, the thousands of faithful who have been baptized by Father Arango over the past 26 years may have to perform the ceremony again.
The Diocese of Phoenix said the invalid baptisms will affect other important future events for parishioners. Father Arango’s mistakes were discovered in mid-2021, and he decided to resign earlier this month to spend all his time remediating the consequences.
In announcing Arango’s decision to resign, Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted called on believers to “jointly pray for Arango and all those affected by this tragic event.”
The Diocese of Phoenix is working with Arango and the parishes under his jurisdiction to notify and arrange for the rebaptism of those who have been wrongly executed.
Father Arango also apologized to the faithful.
“I am saddened to learn that I had an invalid baptism during my ministry,” the priest said. “I deeply regret this mistake and know how much it affects believers,” Arango said, adding that this An incident can affect thousands of people.
Born in Brazil, Arango became a pastor in 1995 and moved to the United States in 2001 to work at a church in California. He later moved to three churches in Phoenix, most recently at St. Gregory.
Baptism is performed through the ritual of sprinkling or pouring water on the head of the believer. Catholics believe that only those who are baptized can go to heaven after they die.
In 2020, a Michigan pastor also had to redo his baptism because he misread “we baptize you” instead of “I baptize you.”
Yuying (according to AFP/Guardian)