The Roman Church teaches that when a priest celebrates a sacrament or performs any ecclesiastical rite, he must have in his mind an intention to celebrate that sacrament or to perform that rite or else the sacrament or rite is null and void and no good. This means that when a priest is celebrating Mass, unless at the time he has in mind an intention to celebrate a real Mass, it is no Mass at all. In such case, if the priest did not definitely intend to celebrate a real Mass, the wafers were not consecrated at all, and the people who received them, desiring to receive the Communion, did not receive the Communion at all, because the wafers had never been consecrated. How, therefore, does a Roman Catholic know whether he is ever receiving the Communion?
When a person goes to confession, unless the priest in his mind definitely intends to give absolution, the penitent receives no absolution, although the priest says the words of absolution. How, therefore, can a poor penitent ever know that he has received absolution? He cannot! He can never be sure that the priest has absolved him.
When a Roman bishop ordains a priest, unless at the time he has in his mind a definite intention to ordain that man a priest, the supposed ordination is no ordination at all, and the supposed priest is not a priest, and all his Masses, absolutions, and other priestly acts are null and void and no good. The bishop might have been thinking of something else, giving no thought or intention to his acts, or maliciously withholding any intention to ordain (because he disliked the candidate for ordination), in which case the supposed ordination is no ordination. Under this Roman doctrine of intention no supposed Roman bishop can be sure he was ever consecrated bishop. No priest can be sure his own bishop is really a bishop, and no layman can be sure his own priest is really a priest.
How unBiblical and wrong is this doctrine present in the Catholic Catechism? And how can a church let a person be always in doubt and never be sure of anything.