Quebec Diocese Says 295 Baptisms Invalid

MONTREAL, JAN. 13, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Diocese of St-Jérôme says the baptisms of 295 children at a parish in Pointe-Calumet have been declared invalid because they weren’t done properly, the Globe and Mail reported.

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For several years now, the diocese has been quietly contacting the families of the children, offering to rebaptize them.

Starting in 1991, the layperson who officiated mistakenly let the parents pour holy water on their children’s forehead while she pronounced blessings, the newspaper said. The same person has to perform both acts. No one noticed the problem until 1996, when a sharp-eyed, knowledgeable grandmother spotted the anomaly.

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