\How is it intrinsic to the Church’s nature that she cannot promulgate invalid rites?
This strikes me as ABSOLUTELY true ,
…but I can’t explain how or why… \
**The Church is indefectable. She does not fail in her mission of saving souls.
Her mission of saving souls includes having valid, salvific rites–including for Holy Orders, the Eucharist, and the rest.
I can guess who all is questioning or denying the validity of orders in what such people call the “conciliar” or “novus ordo” church.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. You’ve been listening to the wrong people if they are distressing you. Don’t feel bad. It’s an old problem going back to the Book of Acts. The apostles had to deal with similar super-correct people whom they justly accused of “disturbing your souls” saying things they shouldn’t say, “to whom we gave no such commandment.”
Who gave these people the commandment to spread doubt and confusion about the “validity” of bishops among the faithful?
This is a quote from an article I’ve posted elsewhere that seems to speak to such groups: **
5: Ecclesiastical Gossip
A last great temptation is to get involved in gossip about people, places, practices, and especially the “issues” confronting the Church. Whether it is who is doing what, how they serve this or that service and with whom, or the like, which is all gossip; or whether it involves the greater problems confronting the Church, such as ecumenism, the calendar, or what they are or are not teaching at such and such a seminary; there is very little fruitful and much more that is sinful in all that idle talk. The Lord said that we will be accountable for each word.
Not only does this gossip involve judging people, especially hierarchs, clergy, and teachers who will have to answer for themselves before God; it distracts us from the one thing needful: to pursue our own salvation. We are only accountable to God for our own salvation, not for issues which we can have no effect on. One of the saddest things is that monasteries tend to attract people who in the name of being serious about their spiritual life fall into this delusion, while all this kind of gossip and factionalism actually destroys their souls.
It is bad enough that people talk about such things in person; many also read whole publications that are essentially scandal sheets. The Internet is perhaps the worst vehicle for such gossip. This is nothing other than ecclesiastical pornography. It must be avoided at all costs!