David asked:

Would eliminating the gloria and the profession of faith make a mass invalid?

Tim Staples replied:

"No it would not invalidate, that would be illicit. We need to make the distinction here between liceity and validity. So in order for a mass to be invalid you would have to go to the actual words of institution when the priest declares this is my body, this is the chalice of my blood or in my blood. He would have to change those words substantially to where you no longer have the words of institution. That is the only thing that would invalidate.

Everything else, now there are some things that are more grave than others. Taking out the gloria and such that would be grave matter for the priest who would do that... But the key is to remember you don't have to worry about validity. You're going to receive the eucharist... That's why it really takes some doing to invalidate a mass. You'd have to distort either the form or the matter of the actual eucharist itself in order for there... also the intention of the priest...so generally speaking you're safe when it comes to validity..."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

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Show air date: November 17, 2014

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Tim Staples

Question appeared in show: 13:06

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