Recently a priest in the Diocese of Phoenix resigned after it was discovered that his misuse of pronouns during baptism ceremonies rendered the sacrament invalid. He did this to hundreds of babies over the years. The upshot is that they never received the graces pertaining to baptism. Original sin was not remitted. Subsequent sacraments received by the affected individuals were likewise rendered invalid and perhaps some died in that state.
I'm now going to post some links that give the Church's teachings on the topic of Sacraments, and the Sacrament of Baptism in particular. Please bear in mind that Jesus Christ has empowered the Magisterium over the centuries to pronounce His teachings. Also bear in mind that Sacraments and their attendant graces are objective realities, apart from any experiences or judgments that we may harbor. Please see this, this, and this.
Bishop Olmsted is a bishop who takes his responsibilities seriously. Understanding the spiritual peril in which many of his people were placed, he is taking measures to ensure that as many as possible are notified so that they can receive proper baptisms, confirmations, etc.
This situation is being discussed on social media. On Facebook, I am reading comments that display an abysmal lack of understanding and appreciation of the sacraments. As a summary, I will paraphrase some of the opinions that seem to be prevalent:
- God only cares about the intention of those involved
- This is not a big deal.
- The bishop is nit-picking
- It is cruel to exclude these people from the Church