How bad would a Novus Ordo Mass have to be to justify not attending?
(05-02-2009, 12:45 PM)Rosarium Wrote:
(05-02-2009, 12:36 PM)glgas Wrote: The opposite is defined as legal principle since the Roman Law: Impedimentum dubium, impedimentum nullum. Doubtful obstacle, no obstacle. You must have clear evidence for rejection. This is the same principle that everyone is innocent, until proven guilty.

I want JPM to justify his statements. He claimed that a "doubtful" sacrament is the cause of mortal sin for its participants. This is a very serious statement. Who has to doubt it? The celebrant or the participants or anyone? The claim something is a mortal sin with vague criteria is very dangerous.

gigas's statement is accurate and relevant.  It has always been the teaching of the Church that one cannot approach a doubtful sacrament.  It is the teaching of Catholic moral theology and has been confirmed by Popes Innocent III and Innocent XI.     The quaification is that one cannot refuse on the basis of negative doubt of general suspicion or doubt.  It must be a Positive doubt . That is to say a real supicion of defect in matter or form.  A good reference such as Heribert Jone's Moral Theology is useful for determining how to assess whether and how such doubt exists.
In all matters of the sacraments, the Church requires that one must always choose the safer course. If one does not heed and chooses the more dangerous or uncertain option, that is a sin.
All the faithful do not have a theological background and thus many times have to rely upon thier "Sensus Fidelium" to inform them when something might be a problem. At this point one must choose the safer course until the doubt can be clarified or eliminated.

If a Priest does not follow the rubrics required by his superior authority , do you want to entrust your soul to a patently disobedient Priest?   

God Bless       JMJ


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Re: How bad would a Novus Ordo Mass have to be to justify not attending? - by JPM - 05-03-2009, 12:58 PM

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