US priest used wrong baptism words for 26 years

Baptism in the Catholic church is a rite of admission that church doctrine says is necessary for a believer to access other blessings. – EPA pic, February 16, 2022.

THOUSANDS Catholics in the United States may have to be re-baptised after the church discovered a priest had gotten one word wrong in the blessing for decades – invalidating the rite.

For 26 years, Father Andres Arango had been performing the first sacrament of Catholic life with the words, “We baptise you,” instead of the Vatican-sanctioned “I baptise you.”

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