My dear fello9w Catholics,
I am simply desperated. You all know that for a valid sacrament these three are absolutely necessary: matter, form and intent(to do what the church does).
The intent was made a DOGMA of the faith at the Council of Trent:
CANON XI.-If any one saith, that, in ministers, when they effect, and confer the sacraments, there is not required the intention at least of doing what the Church does; let him be anathema.
At the Council f Florence, in the bull “Cantate Domino”, the intent concerning the Eucharist was already clarified: After the priest has spoken the words of consecration with the INTENT to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, Christ becomes truly present.
Well, what is it that desperates me so deeply?
I do not want to be too pessimistic on this subject. And I know that in the U.S.A. people, and accordingly also the priests, tend to be more religigous than people and pirests in Europe(in my case: Germany). But I can tell you taht I have experienced priests who do not even seem to belive in the full Divinity of our Lord. When they celebrated Mass, I felt like they were tired at this obligation of their ministry at the altar. My parish-prest even told me once that though the Trinity was still important to him(God thanks!), the Eucharist wouldn’t be that important to him - for fear of getting a heretical answer, I didn’t further inquiry if he also questioned the Real Presence.
Let’s face it: We got priests who do not even believe that Christ can become present with all his soul and Divinity on the altar. At least in Germany, I may tell that a great part pf priests belive in what Zwingli taught(the bread is a mere symbol), or, at best, in what Calvin taught(the bread is mere bread, but if we eat it, it effects our souls as if it would really be Christ).
Therefore, if asked if I would still believe that most pirests I experience have the intent to do what the church does, have the intent to change the bread into Christ, I have to flatly deny.
But then many sacraments given by now-aday priests are invalid. If they are invalid, they don’t effect your soul- if your soul isn’t effected by God’s sacramental grace, you cannot be saved.
Furthermore, we all know that a priest has to be ordained by a Bishop. But can you tell anymore that ALL the Bishops really got the intent of conferring the sacramental grace of priesthood on the ordinand? I even believe that not even all the Cardinalsgot this intent(for example, Daneels and Kaspar).
But then you can’t be sure anymore if your priest was validly ordained. Even if he’s got the correct intent at Mass, the Bishop who ordained him may have denied the intent to do what the church does.
Therefore, you won’t get valid sacraments by this priest - you won’t get grace - you won’t be saved----
May anyone loosen my desperation?