How many times over the years have I written on this blog about priests who fool around with the forms of sacrament, the necessary words to be pronounced?
How many? A lot.
Very few things disturb people more than not being sure about the validity of a sacrament, be it Baptism, Penance or Eucharist. I’ve dealt with literally hundreds of questions over the years via email about questionable forms being use, which really upsets people and fills them sometimes with fear.
Is my child really baptized? Was I really absolved? Was that really a Host he gave me? Was Mass really said for my loved one?
FATHERS! Stop being JACKASSES and do it right!
Today the Archdiocese of Detroit made public a letter describing a terrible scenario. In the wake of the decision of the CDF about the INVALIDITY of the form of baptism in the plural (“We baptize you…”), a priest reviewed a video of his baptism and found that he was not validly baptized. That means that he wasn’t confirmed or ordained! That means that all the Masses and absolutions he had given were null. He had to be baptized, absolutely not conditionally, and then confirmed and ordained to diaconate and priesthood, absolutely.
How important is it NOT to screw around with the forms of sacraments?
ALL: If you know (not “imagine” not “suspect” not “guess”) that a priest isn’t using the proper forms for sacraments or there is something wrong with the matter of the sacraments, that priest should be immediately questioned, to be sure, and then REPORTED.
BTW… were I to discover that I wasn’t properly baptized or ordained, I would for sure request the do over with the TRADITIONAL Roman Rite, including ordination. But my ordaining bishop isn’t available.
One of the advantages I had, was absolutely surety about validity. With the exception of Baptism, I received all the other sacraments from official book in Latin by unquestionably competent ministers.