I sent this question to Ask an Apologist but haven’t received a response so I am posting it here. I didn’t know in which other forum to post this so I decided the Apologetics forum would be it. My thread has to deal with a situation I was in when my mother who at the time was dying of Cancer was still alive.
My mother’s cancer had spread to her brain and so the doctors all agreed that there was nothing else that they could do for her and spoke to me of doing hospice care for my mother from the home. The hospice care company helping me care for my mother in my home had a pastoral service where a pastor from one’s own denomination would come to ones home and do spiritual counseling.
A pastor called my home who I will just call “Pastor Bob” and asked if I would like for him to come to my home and do spiritual counseling for me and my mom. I said yes and a half an hour later he was in my home. He was dressed in plainclothes so I decided to ask him if he was a Catholic priest. He said that he was a married Catholic priest and that he had received a dispensation from his vows of celibacy from the Catholic church. He also added that the dispensation happened years ago and that the Church no longer allows these kinds of dispensations.
Being that I am not well versed in canon law or how dispensations operate, I took him at his word. He prayed with us and then later gave both my mother and I Communion. After he left I felt alittle uneasy as to the subject of his having received a dispensation from his vows of celibacy and whether or not the Communion wafers he had given my mother and I was validly consecrated.
I know that married Anglican priests wanting to join the Catholic Church are allowed to remain married and are given a dispensation from their vows of celibacy but for Catholic priests to receive a dispensation from their vows of celibacy is something I have never heard of.
Now I am worried that in my ignorance at the time my mother and I received Communion from this so called “Pastor Bob” that we may have received invalidly consecrated hosts.
If anyone can enlighten me as to what is the truth concerning dispensations and the vow of celibacy for priests I would really appreciate it.
Thank you and God bless