“Father” Bill

An article in today’s Pitt News has some misleading information.  In the section addressing Lent, "Father" Bill Hausen, of Christ Hope Church, is quoted. Hausen broke away from the Catholic Church in 2004. He has been excommunicated and is no longer longer recognized as a priest by the Church, the sacraments he offers are not valid, and attending services at Christ Hope does not satisfy one’s Sabbath obligation.

Comments 6

  1. Tom Smith wrote:

    Actually, most of his sacraments are valid. Most likely, his absolutions are invalid and his marriages null, but, other than that, his sacraments are genuine.

    Posted 15 Apr 2006 at 11:53 am
  2. Funky Dung wrote:

    1) I strongly suspect that he’s monkeyed with the liturgy in such a way that he no longer confects the Eicharist.

    2) Doesn’t the fact that he offers the Eucharist to anyone who comes affect things in any way?

    Posted 15 Apr 2006 at 2:09 pm
  3. edey wrote:

    how does him being in heresy affect marriages? the operators of the marriage are the couple themselves (i think). the couple gives the Sacrament to each other, so even if you have a bogus priest, would that affect Sacramentality?? granted, you might need a dispensation…

    Posted 15 Apr 2006 at 2:44 pm
  4. Funky Dung wrote:

    You cannot licitly marry outside of the Church without dispensation. I don’t think the Church is likely to grant dispensation to be married by an excommunicated priest. Without the dispensation, the marriage is illicit and the sacrament invalid.

    Posted 15 Apr 2006 at 2:47 pm
  5. edey wrote:

    but why is it ok to get married by a heretic in one sense (protestant) but not another (excommunicated priest)? why can you get a dispensation in one case but not the other?

    Posted 16 Apr 2006 at 2:20 am
  6. Tom Smith wrote:

    As regards the Eucharist — his liturgical playing wouldn’t change a thing, as long as he says the consecration and has intent (intent, not necessarily, to specifically cause a transmutation of the elements and offer a sacrifice, but to do as the Church does). So the default answer is that a priest’s Mass is valid as long as he doesn’t actively change his intent. Also, open communion doesn’t have anything to do with sacramental validity — it’s not as though the Eucharist reverts to bread and wine when it touches the lips of an unbeliever. The classic demonstration of this concept is an imaginary situation in which a priest, while distributing communion, drops a Host on the floor, and a dog runs over and eats it. Did the dog receive the Eucharist? Yes — the transformation being already accomplished, there is nothing to stop the dog from receiving the Body of Christ.

    Posted 16 Apr 2006 at 6:55 am

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