From a reader:
Well.. a priest I know of, turned up late for a baptism and didn’t
vest before baptising this baby, he stayed in the tracksuit he was
wearing…and also he does not wear a stole while hearing confessions
at all. Im no expert on the law regarding vestmets…so I was just
wondering if that is normal, or if it makes any difference to the
validity of the Sacramant (I doubt it does…but Im slightly concerned
about the validity of the my confessions now). Any help would be much appreciated!
First, if…if… that happened, allow me to say… what a JERK.
That is not normal. As a matter of fact, it is a dreadful abuse. It does not affect the validity of the sacrament, but it was illicit and it was sure to affect the sensibilities of the people there.
Redemptionis Sacramentum says:
[126.] The abuse is reprobated whereby the sacred ministers celebrate Holy Mass or other rites without sacred vestments or with only a stole over the monastic cowl or the common habit of religious or ordinary clothes, contrary to the prescriptions of the liturgical books, even when there is only one minister participating. In order that such abuses be corrected as quickly as possible, Ordinaries should take care that in all churches and oratories subject to their jurisdiction there is present an adequate supply of liturgical vestments made in accordance with the norms.
Look… there may be a situation in which the regular priest is impeded from coming and a substitute dashes over from another parish, etc. etc. etc. In that case, perhaps he could explain to people what the situation is and ask them to wait a couple minutes while he puts on the right gear. Things happen.
But it this is regular…. well…
And also from RS,
[184.] Any Catholic, whether Priest or Deacon or lay member of Christ’s faithful, has the right to lodge a complaint regarding a liturgical abuse to the diocesan Bishop or the competent Ordinary equivalent to him in law, or to the Apostolic See on account of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff. It is fitting, however, insofar as possible, that the report or complaint be submitted first to the diocesan Bishop. This is naturally to be done in truth and charity.
I wouldn’t fool around with this clown very much.
Send a picture of this fellow to the local bishop with a copy to the Congregation for Divine Worship.