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‘Gestis Verbisque’: Vatican Doctrine Office Releases Note on Discerning the Validity of the Sacraments

Riccardo De Luca
Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, poses for a photo, Sept. 30, 2023, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

The 11-page text published only in Italian on Feb. 3 reiterates that for all sacraments in the Catholic Church, the ‘observance of both matter and form has always been required for the validity of the celebration.’