Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: VALIDITY, 04-10-15
Posted on 04/10/2015 9:11:41 AM PDT by Salvation
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Having not only legal force but actually producing the effect intended. Applied to the sacraments, it refers to the conditions of matter, form, and circumstances required for valid administration. In ecclesiastical law it means that certain prescriptions must be fulfilled for the law or contractual agreement to bind or take effect.
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No, "valid" and "licit" are not the same. For example, Holy Orders conferred by a Bishop who is part of a schismatic movement is "valid" if it is done in the correct way, but is not licit.
I agree with your analysis.
Sometimes a priest subs for a Mass at my church. He ad-libs the consecration — making it an illicit Mass, correct? I will not attend his Masses if I know ahead of time.
It’s “illicit” if he’s not following the prescribed text, but it’s still “valid” if he does the Consecration correctly, with “This is my body, This is my blood.” If he changes those words, it’s “invalid,” and there’s no transubstantiation, only bread and wine.
I understood that it was the entire new translation that had to be said word by word.
At least that was my thought after listening to one of the priests from Mount Angel who assisted with the new translation, making it more like the Latin.
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