I’ve probably had half a dozen emails about this disaster today, so I will post on it and comment.
This priest, Fr. Andres Arango, “baptized” saying, “WE baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith determined that in the Latin Church this is an INVALID form for the sacrament. The person who administers baptism must say, “I baptize you…”. That means that all those people were, technically and really not receiving the graces of the other sacraments they received. Baptism is the foundational sacrament which make you able to receive the other sacraments.
The stories say that he originally in Brazil. I can only guess at the disastrous formation this priest received in Brazil in the 90’s. He was some 20 years in Brazil before going to Phoenix.
This raises some points.
Firstly, YOU lay people have to know what is what when you go to receive a sacrament. You have to study in advance and KNOW what the MATTER and FORM of sacraments are. You should know the form for the two-fold consecration of the Eucharist, the words of absolution (at least the minimum), the words for baptism, etc. Is confirmation important enough to you to study about it ahead of time? Matrimony? When you love you long to know. However, added motivation is now self-defense. WHO CAN TELL what sort of B as in B, S as in S, priests got in seminary. If it was anything like what we got, in the hell that was my modernist, morally compromised seminary… watch out! Folks, you need to know what’s what.
Secondly, I say this with respect to bishops who accept new priests, pastors of parishes who get a new assistant or even a visiting priest on a “mission” weekend. Find out it they know what they are doing. Bishops, check that the priest knows the words of absolution. That might create an awkward moment or two, depending on the priest. The well-formed priest will understand exactly why he is being quizzed and will readily accept it. Anyone who get’s his back up… watch out. Check the words of consecration and the form of absolution. I have gotten into the box with a priest visiting to preach for a mission weekend. I literally had to drag him through the correct form of absolution with a not too subtle suggestion that, if he didn’t use the right form (which I provided) he would be hearing from someone else. That’s a priest to priest thing. Be careful if Father get’s it wrong, but don’t take it if he doesn’t say the proper form, either. Anyway, you pastors, who knows what sort of crazy is happening in the confessional when a visit comes: it’s best to lay down the parameters: “Father, thank you. You are welcome here. Thanks for being willing to hear confessions. People here need be sure that the proper form of absolution is used, and not some personal formula. Please use only and exactly the approved form for every absolution. Thanks!”
Thirdly, Bishops, if you are the sort who has his panties in a twist about the TLM, maybe you should rethink your position. Are the guys using the traditional books likely every to go astray when it comes to matter and form? On the other hand, are you sure you know what’s going on at St. Idealia where the priest has for years been using Welch’s grape juice for Mass (true story). Do you know what the “Eucharistic bread” is made of at “Sing A New Faith Community Into Being Faith Community”? Do you know for sure what form of absolution is being used at “Engendering Togetherness Community of Welcome” when “reconciliation” is celebrated with deep, cleansing breaths and yoga pants on the 5th Saturday of the month when the moon is full?
Fourth, if you have videos of baptisms, review them. No. Really. Review them.
Fifth, if you are a priest who is making things up… KNOCK IT OFF.