Ed Peters – HERE – has some observations about recent comments made by Card. Coccopalmerio – who, frankly, is becoming a bit a of a concern.
The Bitter Pill (aka The Tablet, the UK’s … not best Catholic weekly) has Coccopalmerio opining that perhaps Anglican orders are not invalid after all. You will recall that Pope Leo XIII determined that they are and that that is the position of the Church.
Peters looks at quite a few angles of the story. However toward the end he put his finger directly on the most serious problem:
That said, and as important as the above questions might be, the cardinal’s further statement, one directly attributed to him, also deserves a closer look: namely, that the Church has “a very rigid understanding of validity and invalidity: this is valid, and that is not valid. One should be able to say: ‘this is valid in a certain context, and that is valid another context.’”
That, folks, is huge.
Huge is right. Once we go down that path, we don’t know anything any more and we are pretty much Brother Billy Bob’s Faith Community in the old gas station down by the park.