Leo XIII condemned Anglican orders and succession as invalid since 1552. Even after re-admitting the prayers regarding the “work and office of a priest” in the ordination 100 years later, the line had become extinct so it was pointless.
I’ve heard traditionalists mention Leo’s objections with regards to the 1968 Novus Ordo rite of Holy Orders. Is there really any comparison between the lack of sacrifice/priesthood in the two? I am deeply worried about validity, and my nerves are shaken by recent developments in the Church…
It is not proper for a new convert to be so shaken. Any refutations or sources would be appreciated.
One of the best books I have seen on the topic was written by Michael Davies (whose grave I lately visited in England) called The Order of Melchisedech. It could be hard to find now, but if you really want to dig into the issue, this could be helpful.
In a nutshell, Mr Davies, if memory serves, concludes that the ordinal implemented by Paul VI validly ordained men, but that it was vague enough that, were the ordaining bishop to have a poor formation and theology – which he concluded would be increasingly the case – the rite of ordination would be questionable. Like many other things associated with Vatican II the rites were open to a good interpretation or a fuzzy interpretation.
That said, people should know that in 1990 John Paul II issued a revision of Paul VI’s ordinal. For the ordination to the priesthood at least he made explicit precisely what the man was being ordained to do. As an aside, I was ordained – with the Latin text entirely – using that new book to the diaconate (by Card. Mayer) and the priesthood (by John Paul II).
The new ordinal came out in 1990. It took years for ICEL to submit a translation. That translation was so bad that in 1997 the Congregation for Divine Worship issued in response a letter of a harshness that I had never seen before from any dicastery of the Holy See. I often wonder if it wasn’t that bad translation which served as the old incarnation of ICEL’s Waterloo.
There is a 2003 translation of the 1990 De Ordinationibus, which is the book actually now in force. It should have the corrections to the rite implemented by Bl. John Paul II.
Thanks to Fr. SR of TX for photos of the pages of the 2003 book! Very information and helpful. It would be nice to compare the text to the Latin original, especially for the interrogation section of ordinands to the priesthood.