Wednesday, June 19, 2013
SSPX AND INVALID SACRAMENTS! BECAUSE OF THEIR SUSPENSION AD DIVINIS AND FROM THE HIGHEST SOURCE IN THE CHURCH POSSIBLE, THE VATICAN, ALL THE SACRAMENTS OF PENANCE THEY PERFORM ARE INVALID IN MOST CASES AS ARE THEIR WEDDINGS IN ALL CASES
On another post, Militia Immaculata said that a suspended priest cannot hear valid confessions (although the Church supplies what is lacking when a penitent who doesn't know this, goes to a suspended priest (such as all SSPX priests) for the sacrament of Penance.
I had not thought about this before and yes, Militia Immaculata is correct. Not all priests, even those in good standing, have the "faculties" to hear confession. It must be granted to them by their bishop and it can be removed by their bishop too although they would be able to do other sacramental work, such as all the other sacraments.
Sometimes priest's faculties to hear confession are removed because the priest simply isn't a good confessor or is scandalized by what he hears in confession if he has a sensitive conscience. And yes, if he were to intentionally hear confessions after having his faculties removed, it would be an invalid confession, except in the case of an emergency! Again, an unsuspecting penitent is protected by the "church supplies" doctrine in these matters. For example, all the Masses an invalidly ordained priest celebrates are valid through the same principle. Of course once this is discovered, for example, the bishop forgot to lay hands on the head of the one being ordained, then it must be rectified by either validly ordaining the priest or removing him from the parish.
The Sacrament of Marriage is another issue altogether. The validity of the sacrament is completely juridical and canonical. If a priest came into my parish boundaries, even though he is a priest of my diocese, and performs a wedding without my delegation, this wedding is invalid pure and simple.
So, this brings us to all of the priests and bishops of the SSPX. They are all suspended in the highest form of suspension (ad divinis) and thus do not have faculties to hear valid confessions. Nor do they have delegation to perform any weddings. This is a fact of Catholic doctrine.
So a Catholic who becomes aware of his ignorance concerning these things, and in his arrogance persists in going to confession to a suspended priest or bishop and seeks to be married by one is committing a mortal sin and also a sacrilege in terms of participating in the "feigning of a sacrament" such as the person who goes to a mock ordination of a female and participates in that liturgy!
What constitutes a mortal sin? Coloring book Catholics, even those who have an affinity for SSPX, might not know this:
1. Serious Matter (feigning a sacrament and going to a priest who is suspended would qualify!)
2. One knows it is serious matter (after reading this, all those SSPX sympathizers will now know this if their coloring book Catholicism didn't teach them this!)
3. Commits the act with full consent of the will. (From comments I have read here, this seems to be the case with some SSPX sympathizers here).
Thus these persons are in a state of mortal sin and must go and make a valid confession, repent, beg pardon and absolution from the priest and be reconciled to the full communion of the Church and to God.
READ MORE ABOUT THIS FROM THE QUESTION AND ANSWER AT CATHOLIC EXCHANGE BY PRESSING HERE!