Tornielli: “Peace” agreement reached between Vatican and Lefebvrians
(09-16-2011, 03:45 PM)dan hunter Wrote:
(09-16-2011, 03:39 PM)JayneK Wrote: We are supposed to assume that the use of correct form and matter signify the priest's intent to do what the Church does.  This is all the intent that is required.
So the Church teaches that Intention springs from correct Form and Matter?

I always wondered this since I learned about Intention: What if the priest does not believe that what he is doing at Mass is re-presenting Christs Sacrifice in an unbloody manner, but instead believes that what he is doing is only presiding at a communal meal?
If he still says the right words of Consecration, but has the wrong intentions, maliciously or from ignorance, is the Mass still valid?

Intention is not the same as belief.  This can be seen most clearly in the Sacrament of Baptism.  Heretics and non-Christians can validly baptize even though they have no understanding or correct beliefs concerning the Sacrament.  They need only intend to do what the Catholic Church does by baptism.  

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Re: Tornielli: “Peace” agreement reached between Vatican and Lefebvrians - by JayneK - 09-16-2011, 03:56 PM

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