Tag Archives: validity

ASK FATHER: Absolution at jail through glass, phone in visitor’s room

From a priest…
QUAERITUR: 
I’m a priest who occasionally gets asked to hear confessions in a jail where the only way to speak to a person is through glass and a telephone headset. Without using the phone, one can barely hear the other talking through … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are “butt baptisms” valid?

From a priest…
QUAERTUR:
Are partial immersion baptisms valid?
Where the baby is dipped up to the waist 3x, with valid words of baptism spoken.
Here’s the deal.
The “proximate matter” of baptism is ablution. This means physical contact of the water and the person’s body. The … Continue reading

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Congregation for Divine Worship’s new document on valid bread and wine for the Eucharist

The sacraments have both matter (the physical stuff) and form (the words pronounced).  In the case of the Eucharist the matter is twofold: bread and wine.  The bread must be from wheat and, in the Latin Church, unleavened.  The wine … Continue reading

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Fr. Murray on Card. Coccopalermio’s odd utterings about validity of sacraments

Today at TCT my friend Fr. Murray drills into the implications of Card. Coccopalmerio’s stunning statements which undermine our understanding of sacraments.

Coccopalmerio characterized the Church’s teaching on the question of Anglican orders as follows: “We have had, and we still … Continue reading

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Ed Peters on Card. Coccopalmerio’s alarming assertion

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 … Continue reading

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Is there a “schism”?

I pay scant attention to Patheos, but for a couple contributors.  This caught my eye after a frequent commentator here alerted me.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker wrote, with my legendary emphases and comments:
Headlines last week were proclaiming that a group of cardinals believe Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z reviews and rants on important points about VALID baptism

Because Easter is a special time for baptizing, I hereunder assemble some observations from past ASK FATHER Question Box responses about baptism and validity.
INITIAL RANT: 
Bishops would do well to quiz priests, and seminarians before ordination as deacons, about how to baptize.  Some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If 50% of marriages are invalid, how do I know if my marriage is valid?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If approximately 50% of current “Catholic” marriages are actually invalid, how do I know if my marriage is valid? I was a cafeteria Catholic at the time of the wedding, husband was unbaptized. We got a dispensation from … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can I attend an invalid SSPX wedding?

From a reader…
ok — so I get that according to cannon law, since sspx marriages are not “canonically approved’, they are not valid. My God- daughter, and my CLOSEST friend’s daughter is getting married in the fall by an sspx priest. She is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Valid marriage in hospital room?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My wife and I were married in my father-in-law’s hospital room. He was dying of stomach cancer and we wanted him to witness our marriage. We had planned on holding the ceremony in the chapel of the Catholic … Continue reading

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