In a bold move today, the Vatican effectively denounced the whole of Feminist Theology within the Catholic Church:
"The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) released a statement on February 29 saying that a baptism "in the name of the Creator, and of the Redeemer, and of the Sanctifier," is not a valid Christian sacrament.
The invalid formula, the Vatican statement points out, arises from feminist ideology, and an attempt "to avoid using the words Father and Son, which are held to be chauvinistic.
If either formula -- recently initiated in North America to avoid referring to the Trinity with masculine names -- was used, the person is not yet formally a Christian and any subsequent sacraments the person received also are invalid" said Cardinal Urbano Navarrete in a commentary commissioned by the doctrinal congregation. (VIS News release)
Well... there you have it! The "inclusive language" phenomenon has now resulted in the invalid baptism of countless persons. Mind you... these are not merely "non-licit"... they are INVALID, meaning that the persons baptized using this formula or any similar inclusive language or irregular formula must be baptized again, regardless of how long ago or whether they were aware of the invalidity or not.
This is a big deal... these persons, and the numbers could be bewildering, would also have received a)INVALID Eucharist b)INVALID Confirmation c)INVALID Matrimony as all of these Sacraments depend on valid Baptism to be valid Sacraments. The CDF was very specific in the remedy:
"Persons who were baptized or will be baptized in the future with the formulas in question in reality are not baptized," the cardinal wrote. If they are now adults and want to be baptized, they must receive the instruction prescribed for all preparing for baptism and they should receive baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist during the same Mass," he said.
In other words, they must go through the RCIA or RCIC process, depending on age, and recieve all initiation Sacraments together. And all because some people felt that it was demeaning to refer to God as "Father". I guess Jesus was misinformed when he said "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
Let's hear it for Feminism!