Catholic Priest Apologizes and Resigns after Discovery of Thousands of Presumed Invalid Baptisms - Bishop Issues Statement - FULL TEXT
Statement by San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy regarding Baptisms by Fr. Andrés Arango - Fr. Arango used the word "we baptize" instead of "I baptize" according to the proper formula. Fr. Arango has been a priest for 27 years in Brazil and the USA. In 2020 the Vatican's CDF issued a statement indicating that using "We baptize" renders a baptism invalid. Apology of Fr. Arango is below the Bishop's message:
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2022) — Bishop Robert W. McElroy, of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego, issued the following statement today:
“The Diocese of San Diego has received inquiries about the pastoral situation of men and women who were baptized by Father Andrés Arango during the brief period in which he served in the Diocese of San Diego a generation ago. Since Father Arango utilized an invalid formula in baptisms in the Diocese of Phoenix in recent years, that diocese has taken steps to identify and re-baptize men and women.