"I think you just open yourself up to a rabbit hole that you ought not go down, unless you have real, hard evidence that you should pursue that," he said.
All people, especially priests, should be attentive to what goes on at every baptism, and celebrate sacraments in the way that the Church has prescribed," he continued.
"Altering the words of the liturgy creates real problems. And sometimes this is done with the best of intentions- wanting to seem personable, and wanting to connect with the family- but it's using the wrong means. It's an inappropriate way to do it."
Still, Petri said it is important to always remember what the Church teaches: God himself guarantees the sacraments, but he himself is not bound to the sacraments.
"So I think we have to believe that God can still give graces, and we know that he does give graces apart from the sacraments. So I think only in cases where there's proof that it is invalid should we worry," Petri said.
Finding out that your baptism was invalid would not mean that you are unable to receive graces throughout your life, he clarified. Instead, any graces that you received from God during your life would have been given in an "extraordinary" way.
While these graces come in an "ordinary" way through a valid baptism, there are other, "extraordinary" ways of obtaining the graces of baptism, such as a "baptism of desire" for those about to die.
The case of Father Hood is actually a good example of how God's grace can operate outside of the sacraments, Petri said.
"Somehow, by the grace of God he discerned a vocation to the priesthood, even though he wasn't baptized," he pointed out.
Of course, anyone who is not validly baptized should seek to be validly baptized as soon as possible. If it appears from video evidence that your baptism was invalid, contact your diocese, he said.
Father Mark Morozowich, dean of the school of theology and religious studies at The Catholic University of America, said if there are other people who were baptized by the same deacon who invalidly attempted to baptize Hood, it would be reasonable for them to review the tapes, if possible, or at least question whether their own baptisms may also have been invalid.
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"If he did it in one case, could he have done it in other cases?" he wondered.
The Church presumes the validity of baptisms unless there is proof to the contrary. Still, he recommended anyone who doubts the validity of their own baptism to contact their local priest, as well as their archdiocese.
The words of the sacrament do matter, he said. However, "we always have to remember that God does not desire the death of a person, but desires that they live. And if a person has lived their entire life believing in God, and believing that they were baptized, God will bring them unto Himself."
"Even though this person may have been denied the specific graces of baptism, it did not mean that he did not lead a life that was blessed by God."
For his part, Fr. Hood said that he hopes his story will not cause people anxiety. He said he's learning to trust in God's Providence.
"I think for my situation, we were able to act because something was made clear, and I think God desired for that to happen. I don't think people need to all of the sudden doubt the validity of their own baptism. By and large, baptisms are celebrated correctly in the Church," he said.