I have had a serious moral dilemma that I have been unable to attain adequate guidance. My question is two-fold: If a priest commits a moral wrong, in the form of a mortal sin, against members of his congregation, and then refuses to seek forgiveness and go through the full sacraments, particularly Reconciliation, is the priest improperly and immorally dispensing the Holy Eucharist? Are they in essence acting out as illegitimate priests?
My second question: Do Bishops and the hierarchical leaders of the Church have a moral obligation to the Church and to the faithful followers, to correct priests if those priests have committed a mortal sin (the destruction of 3 simple believers faith). If the Bishops/higher leaders do not do so, are they and the priest committing a mortal sin, and another sin in the form of sacrilege.