Dear Brothers Michael and Peter,
I recently read a letter written by the late Bishop Moises Carmona-Rivera (who was consecrated by Bishop Thuc in 1981). This letter is a defense of his episcopal consecration and leaves many questions open about his validity. In the letter, he states, "....some said, without any foundation, that our consecrations were invalid because we were consecrated in the new rite..." After this very ambiguous statement, he does not go on to say that he and Zamora were, in fact, consecrated in the old rite. What does this mean? Does this mean that he was consecrated in the new rite and he feels that it is valid, meaning that those of us who hold it to be invalid are judging so with "no foundation"? Or, does he mean that these accusations were made with no foundation because, in fact, they were consecrated in the old rite?
I am sorry for the tone of this question, but this is a major dilemma for my family. If there is question about the validity of Carmona-Rivera due to the rite used in the ceremony, then my family is without a valid Mass anywhere nearby.
I would like to thank you for your help with this, as I know that you are very thorough with your research and will only report facts. I am not interested in getting someone's "opinion" when the souls of my family and myself are at stake. God bless you!
No, in context Carmona is simply saying that some people, without any foundation at all, have claimed that he was consecrated in the new rite. He goes on to say that others, more seriously, have claimed other things. The implication is that any claim that he was ordained in the new rite is almost a joke. Carmona was validly consecrated in the traditional rite. Thus, the priest ordained through his line would be valid. But we cannot vouch for such a priest’s doctrinal views, and there is a very strong chance that the priest denies the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation or supports NFP or something else. Thus, you almost certainly couldn’t support him financially, though perhaps you could receive the sacraments from him if he is not notorious or imposing about his false views. Also, we’ve been informed that certain CMRI priests have communicated to people that they don’t want those who don’t accept baptism of desire at their chapels. Since those CMRI priests are imposing their false views, one should not receive the sacraments from them at all. We don’t know if this is a universal development with CMRI priests, so one should check with the CMRI priest in their area about this. (They don’t want people who believe in that “awful” teaching that all must be baptized to be saved, as Our Lord said, but they have no problem with the idea that Jews who reject Christ can be saved. What abominable heretics.)
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