Pope Francis began his visit to Canada on Sunday to apologize to Indigenous peoples for the abuse of Canadian Indigenous children in residential schools. Many people are calling this a key step in the Catholic Church’s efforts to reconcile with Native communities and help them heal from generations of trauma.
The recent resignation of a priest in Phoenix, Arizona, has proven just how important every word can be during a religious ceremony. Father Andres Arango had been performing Baptisms in the U.S., and most recently at St. Gregory Parish used the phrase “we baptize you”; however, the proper phrasing is, “I baptize you.” Not only does this error show thousands of baptisms performed by Father Arango are invalid, it also means that many later ceremonies those individuals took part in may also need to be repeated. Such may include confirmation or marriage because in order for these ceremonies to be valid, the person must be baptized.