Can a former Catholic priest perfom a valid consecration?


#1

This is my first time on Catholic Answers so forgive me if I’m not doing this correctly. Here is my question:

There is a former Roman Catholic priest in town who has left the Church and started his own church. He calls it the Ecumenical Catholic Church. He has even ordained a woman priest to assist him. As a former Roman Catholic priest, when he consecrates the bread and wine has his church, is it actually transubstantiated into the body and blood of Christ?

Sincerely,
DBambusch@aol.com


#2

Dear D,

He does not have the power to ordain anyone to the priesthood. Only a bishop can do that. But if he is a validly ordained priest, uses wheat bread and grape wine and intends what the Church intends in concecrating the elements, his consecration is valid.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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