You old-timers here known that for years… going on decades now… I have RAILED against priests who take it on themselves to change the words of the sacred liturgy, especially in significant moments such as during the FORM of sacraments.
There have been priests… and bishops… yes yes deacons, too… who have changed the words of the FORM of the Sacrament of Baptism. Some changes make the baptism INVALID.
Recently, after a declaration from the CDF about the invalidity of the form for baptism, “WE baptize you…”, instead of “I baptize you…”, a young priest in Detroit reviewed a video of his baptism and found that he wasn’t validly baptized. That meant that he had not received any of the other subsequent sacraments validly, including ORDINATION. That meant that his Masses were not Masses, etc. Think about how these things are all connected. The priest had to be ordained… absolutely, not conditionally. I am sure that steps have been taken to take care of all the Mass intentions, marriages, etc. etc. etc.
This, because some jackass priest took it on himself many years ago to change the words of the form of Baptism. Maybe he was well-meaning. Maybe he was so poorly formed that he barely grasped what the Church understands. Seminaries were really really really bad for a long time. However, the BOOK has the words in BLACK and even poorly formed priests know that the BLACK part is what the Church approves… you know, the old “institutional” Church not the “spirit-filled” prophetic Church, for whom BLACK is a suggestion.
Now we learn that the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City say another young priest, theoretically baptized in 1992, was made wet by the pouring of water and the invalid form: “We baptize…”, instead of “I baptize…”.
That means another scramble. More anxiety.
Today a priest wrote to me:
What is going on?! As a fellow newly ordained priest, I am scared
about not only mine, but many others out there.
Fathers… if you can, if you have videos from your baptism, review the videos… if you haven’t already.