I have read that the blessed Sacrament is not valid unless the priest a): has been validly consecrated, and b): believes in the Real Presence (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.)
The priest in question is an older priest who has been a priest for about three years; he’s been at the parish for almost that long. He attended a notorious seminary, and I realize that there is no way I can verify the validiity of the Holy Orders he professed, BUT I have grave doubts that he believes in the real presence (Examples: he mocked me for praying the Rosary because it’s “not praying to God.”; he prays American Native prayers during the homily; he causes scandal by his personal behavior.)
I have changed parishes and have refrained from Detraction or gossip regarding this man. But aside from my own ego and pride, I am extremely concerned that his remaining parishioners might think that they are receiving Bread, when in reality they are receiving a stone. This weighs so heavily on my mind!
I can find out easily by going to his confessional and asking something like “How does Jesus get into the Host?” If, by his answer, I determine that he doesn’t believe in the Real Presence, what do I do then? I have no access to a Bishop and no priest to talk to. This particular priest is unapproachable. And what if he is invalidly consecrated anyway?
What if he had to leave and the parish couldn’t obtain another priest? (A real possibility.) Which would be worse - a priest with inadequate formation harming his flock, or no priest at all? (The parish would have to depend on guest priests or drive 16 miles away if a new priest couldn’ be found.)
Should I pursue this or hope that the Sacrament is valid? Help, someone! I don’t want to hurt anyone! God Forbid that someone might lose his faith, but how many may have lost theirs already? (I see a significant number attending the new parish; how many have just stopped attending altogether?