Tag Archives: validity of sacraments

QUAERITUR: Why are SSPX Masses valid, but not marriages or absolutions?

From a reader:
Fr Z, can you help me out with the why here and right terms.. I’m missing a piece of the puzzle?
A priest was asking me a question, regarding another person who is coming from the SSPX back to … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is Mass valid if the priest is in mortal sin?

From a reader:
Sometime ago, I was told by a priest that if the priest is in mortal sin, the mass (primarily Holy Communion) is still valid, his argument being that you wouldn’t know that he was in mortal sin. I was taught if … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is baptism by a priest who does odd things still valid?

From a reader:
Thank you father for the time you devote to this blog. I have found it very educational as has my husband.
I would appreciate your thoughts as an outside observer to this question.
We were parishioners for about 5 years … Continue reading

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