I attend a small Catholic Church in rural America.
When our priest needs to take a vacation, he
turns to a retired priest to fill-in for him while
our priest is gone. Unfortunately, the retired priest
is an old and very angry man. Recently, the retired
priest celebrated Mass on Sunday for our pastor.
He immediately fell into a wild hateful rant at the
beginning of his homily when he denounced Pope
Benedict XVI. He read from the bible, and referred
to a gospel he called a “Letter from Bob”, (Bob is his first name).
As he read from the viciously insulting, fictitious gospel, he
declared that Pope Benedict XVI was struck down by God
for his false teachings and use of big words and for his desire
to seek fame from the world by wearing very fashionable
and expensive cloths. He further declared that the reprehensible
Benedict XVI was struck down by God, so that God could appoint
a new pope, a pope of the people, Pope Francis.
My question is this: was the Mass celebrated by this very hateful
retired priest valid, where he was spewing his uncontrollable hatred
of Pope Benedict XVI from the sacred altar of my church, when
he obviously had committed a mortal sin at the church’s altar?
Also, was the consecrated host at the hands of this vile