[quote="Gavroche, post:1, topic:318228"]
Hey everyone, I had a question about excommunication that I hope someone could answer. I understand an excommunicated person is not permitted to receive the sacraments, but if they did so anyway, would the sacraments be invalid or just illicit? ...
In case you did not see what I said in your previous thread about excommunication, I will say it again here, and expand on it a bit. The law determines the effects of excommunication, whether undeclared, declared or imposed (canon 1331). Nowhere does the law say that an excommunication of any sort results in necessarily invalid reception of Sacraments. Instead, it says an excommunicated person is forbidden to celebrate/receive the Sacraments. I have to conclude, then, that an excommunicated person could, theoretically, validly receive the Sacraments although it would certainly be illicit (i.e., against the law). In order for valid reception to happen, though, the person would have to be properly disposed. Usually, if someone is excommunicated that is a pretty strong indication that he is not properly disposed and so he would not be able to validly receive a Sacrament. But, the cause of invalidity is the disposition/intention, not the excommunication. As always, the essential aspects of Sacraments are form, matter, and intention. Ecclesiastical penalties to not change that.
For the sake of good, legal order and confidence that a person is properly disposed, thereby lessening the chance of sacrilege, any penalty should be remitted before an attempt is made to receive a Sacrament.