Support the Café
Search our site

Baptized? Check the videotape

Baptized? Check the videotape

Not The Onion.

Matthew Hood recently took a look at the videotape of his 1990 baptism. What he heard on the videotape left him unsettled.

Rather than the words “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” the priest had used the words “We baptize you.” Hood might not have noticed except that he was a Roman Catholic priest and on August 6 the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a note clarifying that baptisms using “we” instead “I” are not valid.

For Hood that meant that not only his baptism was invalid, so was his ordination. And so were any sacraments that required an ordained priest.

From the American Magazine:

Father Matthew Hood, associate pastor of St. Lawrence Parish in Utica, contacted the Archdiocese of Detroit…”The archbishop called me, and I could tell he was even more concerned about it than I was, and I was very concerned about it,” Father Hood said.

…the archdiocese is attempting to contact anyone else who might have been invalidly baptized by Deacon Springer, who served at St. Anastasia from 1986 to 1999, or who received invalid sacraments from Father Hood, who served at Divine Child Parish in Dearborn from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2020, and since then at St. Lawrence. Deacon Springer is retired and is not currently in active ministry.

Although Father Hood was not able to validly perform some marriages, celebrate Mass, grant absolution, administer confirmation or anoint the sick, any baptisms he performed are presumed valid, since a priest is not required to baptize so long as the correct formula, matter and intention are present, said Father Stephen Pullis, director of evangelization and missionary discipleship for the archdiocese.

And Mr. Hood? He is Father Hood once again.

On Aug. 9, he was validly baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist, and after a week on retreat, he was ordained a transitional deacon and a priest two days later on Aug. 17.

Dislike (3)
3 1 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

1 Comment
Newest
Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Steven Wilson

While serving as a reader at the CofE parish in Heidelberg, Germany, I got to assist at the baptism, confirmation and installation of the parish warden, whose records (if any) had been incinerated in the Blitz of his home parish in London when he was a wee child, and was thus presumed by the Bishop of Gibraltar-in-Europe to have been neither a warden (which required confirmation) nor confirmed (which required baptism) nor baptized (which required paperwork).

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_001

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café