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Pastoral Letter Regarding Any Possible Invalid Baptisms
September 18, 2020
Last week, the bishop of another diocese informed me that one of his priests, while watching a video, discovered that he had been invalidly baptized as an infant by Deacon Philip Webb, a permanent deacon ordained for the Diocese of Dallas, but assigned at that time to Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Carrollton, Texas, in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Like the priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit who recently discovered that he, too, had been invalidly baptized, the man has subsequently been baptized, confirmed, given first Holy Communion, ordained a deacon, and ordained a priest. However, his invalid Baptism had horrible effects on the lives of those who thought that they were validly receiving sacraments administered by a man whom they thought to be a priest, and who thought himself to be a priest, but was in fact neither a priest nor even a Catholic.
There is positive and probable doubt that Deacon Webb validly baptized infants because it was his regular practice to use a substituted and invalid formula in the hundreds of baptisms he is believed to have administered...
Pastoral Letter to All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Men and Women, and Faithful Laity
July 3, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
In reflecting on the celebration of the birth of our great nation, the frequently spoken words of Pope Saint John Paul II came to mind, “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” As you are aware, Governor Abbott has re-instituted restrictions on those establishments of business that have been unable to maintain compliance with the three (3) fundamental measures for ensuring the safety of workers and the public: Hygiene/Cleanliness (hand-washing), Physical Distancing, the Use of a Mask or Face Covering. He has further issued an executive order requiring the wearing of masks and facial coverings with a...
June 26, 2020 Pastoral Letter
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