When my mother was dying from cancer (she passed away 3 months ago) and I was caring for her in my home…she was under hospice care. The hospice care company helping to provide care for my mom had a pastoral service where a pastor of the same faith as the client would come to visit the sick every few weeks.
One day a pastor who I will call “Pastor Bob” called me and asked if I needed pastoral counseling for me and for my sick mother so I said yes. When he came to my house I asked him if he was a Roman Catholic priest since he was in plainclothes. He stated that he was a married priest and that he had many years ago received a dispensation from his vows of celibacy from the Catholic church so that he could marry. He then went on to say that the Catholic Church no longer allows this type of a dispensation.
I was alittle unsure of what he said since I have never heard of a Roman Catholic priest ever receiving a dispensation from his vows of celibacy before, but… being that I am not too knowledgeable about canon law or dispensations I took this priests word as being the truth. After praying with my mother and I he gave us Communion.
Afterwards I started to question whether what the priest said was true or not and if I had sinned in receiving communion from this priest. Can priests receive a dispensation from their vows of celibacy and was the Communion that my mother and I received validly consecrated?
Please clear up this matter for me as I am worried that I may have committed a sin unknowingly.
Thank you and God bless