Paul VI vs. Pius XII
Re: Was My First Communion Valid?
A Pope can 'clarify' what a former Pontiff has written, but to disobey a former Vicar's Apostolic Constitution seems 'suspect'.
Pope Pius XII wrote Sacramentum Ordinis
in 1947 declaring that any substantial alteration in the rite would render the sacrament invalid.
Paul VI did not care; just like the Mass, he wasted no time and went to work on almost all the sacraments to bring them into line with Modernist thinking.
He produced his own Apostolic Constitution Pontificalis Romani'
and basically said, this is the way we will 'ordain' in the future.
When you lay the two written forms out before you, it 'seems' that both the matter and form have been changed in Paul VI's document and that there is at least doubt as to whether the ordinand has been given the power to effect Transubstantiation.
Doubt is cause for invalidity...
Why has this subject not been openly discussed?
God Bless your work,
We maintain that a Pope can undo any decision of another Pope as long as it is not against the Faith, as in the case of liturgy and the rites of the Sacraments.
The evidence in this regard is that St. Pius V forbade under penalty of the most rigorous anathema that anyone change the Divine Office and the Breviary in his Bull Quod a nobis
. Nonetheless, St. Pius X disregarded all those threats and changed both the Breviary and the Divine Office.
He was not anathematized nor cursed by the wrath of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, as promised in the Bull of St. Pius V.
The conclusion seems quite clear: St. Pius X did not comply with the rules of St. Pius V because the rules that a Pope issues requires the obedience of everyone in the Catholic Church, except
another Pope. So long as the Faith is not involved, a Pope is not subordinate to another Pope in matters of liturgy and rites. All Popes have the same authority. What this means is that one can undo what the other one did.
We dealt more at length with this topic here
So, the question of saying that Paul VI could not change the rules Pius XII established is transferred to another topic: Was Paul VI a valid Pope or not? If he was, he had the right to change the rites; if he was not, he did not have this right.
We believe that Paul VI - as well as the other conciliar Popes - are valid Popes, even if they had the worst spirit possible when they made those changes and defended heresies such as the heresy of universal salvation.
Therefore, we believe Paul VI had the right to change the rites of the Sacraments and consequently, they are valid Sacraments.
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