Jundiai, Brazil, Feb 24, 2021 / 17:01 pm
The local bishop and the regional superior of a priest who last week attempted to concelebrate the Eucharist with a Protestant minister have removed the priest as pastor of his parish.
Fr. Jose Carlos Pedrini, a member of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo, was removed as pastor of Jundiai’s Sacred Heart of Jesus parish.
“We sincerely regret the event that rightly created great confusion and division among the faithful,” Bishop Vicente Costa of Jundiaí wrote Feb. 20. The bishop added that such active participation in the Mass by a non-Catholic minister "is not permitted by the norms of our Church.”
It is a truth of revelation that the power of consecration of the Eucharist resides in a validly consecrated priest only.
Fr. Pedrini attempted to celebrate the Eucharist together with Francisco Leite, a minister of the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil, an ecclesial community, Feb. 17, Ash Wednesday.
A video of the Mass shows Leite reading a section of the Eucharistic Prayer and receiving Communion.
Bishop Costa said the widespread dissemination of the video on social media has caused “diverse and completely opposite reactions” and has “further accentuated the wound inflicted on the ecclesial unity that is found precisely in the Holy Eucharist, its source and the ultimate foundation of its unity in the same faith, hope, and charity.”
"We believe that (Fr. Pedrini), known for his dedication and generosity, especially toward the poor and migrants, did not act in bad faith," he added.