DETROIT (AP) – Thousands of Arizona Catholics recently learned that they may have been baptized incorrectly.

In Michigan, a separate but similar controversy has continued since 2020. For years, a deacon at St. Anastasia’s Church in suburban Detroit used the words “we baptize” instead of “I baptize.” The Vatican says the phrase makes the sacrament invalid.

The Archdiocese of Detroit said about 200 baptisms were done properly and 71 people are still baptized a second time. But 455 people did not respond.

One person who was injured was a priest, the Rev. Matthew Hood. In 2020, he was quickly baptized and ordained a priest again.

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