I just read an article from the Remnant which argued that the use of “for all” instead of “for many” did not invalidate the Mass.
This article was written immediately after the release of the new translation of the Ordinary Form, which was promulgated five years ago by Pope Benedict XVI. My question is whether a priest continuing to use “for all” in spite of the new, corrected translation would, in your opinion, invalidate the Mass.
The reason I ask is that my parents’ pastor does that and I fear that they are not attending a valid Mass.
Cutting to the chase, if that’s the only problem with the consecration, then, yes, the consecration is valid.
What your parent’s pastor is doing is wrong. He should stick to the approved form for the consecration of the Precious Blood. This is what I talk about constantly here: people shouldn’t have to worry that sacraments are perhaps invalid because of the antics of some knucklehead.
So, what that priest is doing is an abuse. You and your parents don’t have to worry about validity. However, if they were worrying about validity, others may also be worried. You or your parents are within your rights to address a question about why Father uses that outdated form. You should ask the bishop if what he is doing is valid or not. You also have the right to address that question to the Holy See.
There are abuses and then there are abuses. Some of them are more serious than others and require action on the part of the faithful. We read in the Congregation for Divine Worship’s document Redemptionis Sacramentum
6. Complaints Regarding Abuses in Liturgical Matters
[183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a most serious duty incumbent upon each and every one, and all are bound to carry it out without any favouritism.
[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.
Some abuses are not so serious and don’t warrant much energy. For example, are blue used on a Marian feast? Blue isn’t an official color except by exceptions. But that’s not much of an abuse. Does the priest genuflect in the Ordinary Form each time he passes before the tabernacle? The rubrics say he shouldn’t, but, frankly, that’s just plain crazy. Abuse? Yes. Serious, certainly not. However, if we get into issues having to do with the sacramental MATTER or FORM, we sit up straight and sharpen our eyes and ears. Because nothing is more serious in the Mass than the valid consecration of the Eucharist, abuses of the sacramental form must be addressed.
Even in the matter of sacramental form of the consecration we can make a distinction. Say that a priest before the change of the translation said “for many” instead of “for all”, or say that, somehow, stupidly, this gets changed back to “for all” from the present “for many” and the priest continues to say “for many”. Abuse? Yes. However, in this case, the priest is clearly doing something in conformity with long established tradition and common sense (pro multis means “for many” regardless of the absurd philological fan dances done by libs to make a word in Latin mean something it has never meant, based on an imaginary text in Aramaic that doesn’t exist). So, today, saying “for all” is a worse abuse than the abuse of the aforementioned priest who stick to “for many”. This is perhaps nitpicky.
An easy solution is found in using Latin, which eliminates the problem and, even better, using the Extraordinary Form.
Finally, perhaps you should get that priest some Say The Black Do The Red swag! I’m sure he’d appreciate it.
Hmmm… come to think of it, when I get a moment, I’ll add car magnets to the Fr. Z Store. You could get packs of them and given them out to fellow parishioners for their cars. Father will surely take note of several dozen cars in his lot that urge him to stop doing what he is doing. I’ll get on that.