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Detroit priest wasn’t validly baptized, archbishop tells faithful

August 24, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: Father Matthew Hood recently saw a family video of his baptism and realized that he was not validly baptized because a deacon used an invalid baptismal formula. He immediately informed his archbishop and in recent weeks has been baptized, confirmed, and ordained to the priesthood. The Archdiocese of Detroit outlined the ramifications for those who, in good faith, previously sought the sacraments from Father Hood.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Aug. 24, 2020 10:57 AM ET USA

    Archbishop Vigneron's response sounds pretty black and white, in alignment with the rules and doctrines, even, dare I say it, _rigid_. Praise be to God for a public return to sanity in the Church incontrovertibly _established_, sanctified, and protected by Christ Himself. Knowing full well that He was God from the moment of His human birth until His crucifixion on the tree that leads to eternal life, He purposely throughout His earthly ministry actively willed the creation of His Church in time.