Blessings of would-be sacramentals via Online Streaming
Hi everyone,

The exorcists of the Archdiocese of Manila are doing "blessings" of would be sacramentals (Water, salt, olive oil) via online streaming on facebook. There have already been people who have been asking if this is a valid practice.

An answer given by Fr. Zuhlsdorf is here: [Summary: No. Invalid.]

After some discussions on the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism page on Facebook, the priests gave an answer, approved to be published by the Archdiocese's Apostolic Administrator also found in that page and attached here in this post.

Basically, this is just their POSITION on the matter. But having the Apostolic Administrator "approve" of their position just added to the confusion.

Does anyone here have a similar experience in their dioceses? Also, does anyone of you have access to the "higher authorities" to ask a clarification on this matter?

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It is striking that the Apostolic Administrator : 

  • does not ever cite Canon Law or a moral theologian who teaches these so-called "opinions";
  • cites the CCC, but obviously manipulates a text which indicates that bishops can institute additional blessings for local customary things (e.g. a blessing for Snowshoes in Nepal) to instead mean that bishops can change the manner of giving blessings,
In fact there are not multiple "schools of thought" on the matter. There is the moral theology which is absolutely clear on the point, and then idiots who don't know moral theology who want to invent somethings against it.

The Apostolic Administrator is one of the latter.

Let us assume that there are two "schools of thought", though. The fact that one, which has a great deal of support, says that these blessing are invalid, and the result of this would be sacrilege by simulating a blessing, and people using things as if blessed when not really blessed does not permit a priest to morally use the lax opinion.

It is a moral an canonical principle that except in extreme necessity one can never do something which he knows to be doubtfully valid. The extreme necessity would be, for instance, no water, but very watery beer when needing to baptize a dying person. For people to have blessed water, salt, olive oil, etc. there is no real necessity.

This is just par for the course for the Church and her prelates that left good seminary formation and theology decades ago and just make it up as they go along to suit their own whims.
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It's interesting that around 3 days before the exorcists published their "opinion" a bishop of a nearby diocese issued an instruction on the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals [see attached picture].

Said bishop was on point with the invalidity of the online streaming blessings but still had to "support" what the Philippine Bishops' Conference issued before Holy Week about palms being blessed via television. 

However, I think this declaration of the invalidity of online blessing from this bishop opted the exorcists to add the paragraph about the "Limitations" in their position paper.

They actually created a "bishops against bishops" situation. Tsk Tsk

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