I frequent an Anglican Use parish used by both an Anglican Use priest and an Episcopal priest. I do not wish to refer to the Episcopal as a “priest” - nor as “Father” - however, because he is not, properly. I would feel as if i were affirming his invalid sacraments.
I brought this up to Fr. Rob, who is Anglican Use Catholic. He said something I found very strange, and we talked about it at length. GKC and other Anglo-Catholics have probably hashed it out to death, the validity of Anglican orders. But Fr. Rob said that the sacraments of the Anglican churches are valid for them, but not for us as Catholics.
To elaborate, I don’t think he was trying to say they think their sacraments are valid, but we don’t; but that their sacraments are objectively valid - for them. But not for Catholics in communion with Rome. I believe he was saying this because he was trying to affirm that Anglican orders are valid.
And who knows? Maybe they are. But as a Catholic, unless Rome says otherwise, I think I must recognise the opposite as being true. And if their orders are not valid, their sacraments are not, either, for anyone, not even Anglicans. They’re puppetry, or ought to be seen as such. At least, if I understand correctly.
Can someone try to explain what it means to say Anglican sacraments are valid for Anglicans, but not for Catholics? It sounds completely* wrong.*
And while we’re at it, should I continue to go to this parish and talk to and discuss this sort of thing with this priest? What do you think?