What if the priest did not have the proper intention at a real Mass?


#1

Dear Fr. Serpa-

Thank you for your response. In the situation of a demonstration it is totally clear that there is no valid consecration. BUT, what if it is a real Mass. I know we cannot read the mind/heart of the priest but theorectically if the priest outwardly celebrates Mass but inwardly does not intend to consecrate the bread and wine is the bread and wine transubstantiated??

Micki


#2

Dear Mickie,

There would be no reason for a priest to not intend to consecrate the bread and wine at Mass–unless, perhaps, he were mentally deranged. In a such a case, the consecration would be invalid and the bread and wine would remain bread and wine.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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