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Old Feb 12, '14, 11:00 pm
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Is it ok to attend other religious services? Like I will definitely go to Mass, but I might want to visit a synagogue or mosque, or temple.
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I regularly attend a non-Catholic Christian service. I am absolutely certain that the Lord is present at their gatherings. Of course the Real Presence(TM!) is not there, and I wish all of them could experience the joyful adoration of the Mass, but I'm still happy that they are able to worship the Lord in their own way. I openly wear a crucifix and everyone knows I am Catholic; of course I don't participate in their version of "communion", but I am respectful of their beliefs and joyful that they are able to commune with the Lord to whatever degree they are able; of course I pray that they will at some future date become Catholic (and I hope and pray that perhaps my example will help defray their fears of us horrible demonic Papists.)

I think this question is kind of one of those that asks another question. I mean, is it OK for Catholics to celebrate birthdays? Isn't baptism more important? And what's all this singing and giving presents to someone just because they were born? Shouldn't you be praising God instead? Well, is the birthday celebration a substitute for proper respect for God, or is it all in good fun and everyone still understands that the ultimate thanks and celebration is to God? It depends on the attitude of the participant. If you attend alternative religious services in lieu of Mass, then there's a problem. If you're going to spend time worshipping the Lord with people who aren't Catholic but _we pray will be some day_ and you're honest about your faith in Christ and the Church, then not only is there no problem, but we ought to do more of this! We talk about evangelization - what better way than to attend an alternate religious service openly, as a Catholic?

Go to a Protestant service, or a mosque, or heck, a Wiccan circle, and participate as your conscience allows, and be respectful and loving and supportive of your fellow children of God. And also be openly and unapologetically Catholic. Then - invite them to Mass!
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I think you should question your motives.
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I regularly attend a non-Catholic Christian service. I am absolutely certain that the Lord is present at their gatherings. Of course the Real Presence(TM!) is not there, and I wish all of them could experience the joyful adoration of the Mass, but I'm still happy that they are able to worship the Lord in their own way. I openly wear a crucifix and everyone knows I am Catholic; of course I don't participate in their version of "communion", but I am respectful of their beliefs and joyful that they are able to commune with the Lord to whatever degree they are able; of course I pray that they will at some future date become Catholic (and I hope and pray that perhaps my example will help defray their fears of us horrible demonic Papists.)

I think this question is kind of one of those that asks another question. I mean, is it OK for Catholics to celebrate birthdays? Isn't baptism more important? And what's all this singing and giving presents to someone just because they were born? Shouldn't you be praising God instead? Well, is the birthday celebration a substitute for proper respect for God, or is it all in good fun and everyone still understands that the ultimate thanks and celebration is to God? It depends on the attitude of the participant. If you attend alternative religious services in lieu of Mass, then there's a problem. If you're going to spend time worshipping the Lord with people who aren't Catholic but _we pray will be some day_ and you're honest about your faith in Christ and the Church, then not only is there no problem, but we ought to do more of this! We talk about evangelization - what better way than to attend an alternate religious service openly, as a Catholic?

Go to a Protestant service, or a mosque, or heck, a Wiccan circle, and participate as your conscience allows, and be respectful and loving and supportive of your fellow children of God. And also be openly and unapologetically Catholic. Then - invite them to Mass!
Do not attend a Wiccan circle.
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A quick search of the AAA forum produced these links that may help inform your thinking on this.
One thing that also might help is to search for video of other religions services. In fact, a lot of what you see on TV is what you'd get in person. If you've ever seen a Billy Graham crusade on TV, then you have seen what most n-C services are like.


Me, after about 35 years among them, (My Testimony) I feel no need or inclination to go there. I feel like my time is better spent in the Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet, or in just reading my Bible (where I can snag a plenary indulgence for doing so!) so...all things considered...you see what I mean.
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In all fairness the ecumenical dialogue is promoted and a very good idea. I tend to agree with YoungTradCath; I don't quite understand.
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to attend a religious service that is non-Catholic for mere observational purposes seems harmless, especially if you are not going instead of mass and again only to observe what they do, which may help in dialogue with non-Catholics of other faith groups

although you can really see what services from other faith groups are like with the use of the internet these days -
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Is it ok to attend other religious services? Like I will definitely go to Mass, but I might want to visit a synagogue or mosque, or temple.
I agree with YoungTradCath, what would your reason be?

Now, I'm not a rigorist. I have done so for social reasons, such as weddings: I've been to Hindu weddings, including one in a temple on top of a hill (quite a journey!) where friends were involved. And of course, if you were an anthropologist or a scholar, it would be "participant observer" research. But going out of curiosity? I'm not so sure myself.
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A quick search of the AAA forum produced these links that may help inform your thinking on this.
One thing that also might help is to search for video of other religions services. In fact, a lot of what you see on TV is what you'd get in person. If you've ever seen a Billy Graham crusade on TV, then you have seen what most n-C services are like.


Me, after about 35 years among them, (My Testimony) I feel no need or inclination to go there. I feel like my time is better spent in the Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet, or in just reading my Bible (where I can snag a plenary indulgence for doing so!) so...all things considered...you see what I mean.
Some more good advice from Fr. Serpa.....

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In the first place a Catholic has no business attending Protestant church services even occasionally. To participate in a heretical worship service and especially a communion service can be sinful for a Catholic because such an act is an affirmation of what we believe to be untrue. To attend an ecumenical service or a wedding or baptism is allowed, but Catholics are not allowed to attend such churches for the main reason of worship. Now if there are no Catholic churches in the vicinity on a Sunday, Catholics are allowed to participate in the Liturgy of Churches whose clergy are validly ordained such as the Eastern Orthodox Churches—including the reception of the Eucharist. Although we consider them to be in schism (not in union with the Pope) with the Catholic Church, such Churches are not heretical and share our basic beliefs.

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Some more good advice from Fr. Serpa.....
I agree with Fr. We have the One True Faith. Protestantism is a heresy. Outside of the reasons provided by Fr., going to other services is mocking Catholic worship by replacing it with false one. If we don't worship the One True God, we are worshipping demons.
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I agree with Fr. We have the One True Faith. Protestantism is a heresy. Outside of the reasons provided by Fr., going to other services is mocking Catholic worship by replacing it with false one. If we don't worship the One True God, we are worshipping demons.
It's a pretty big leap between having less than the fullness of truth to worshipping demons.
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It's a pretty big leap between having less than the fullness of truth to worshipping demons.
I apologize for in advance for that.
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Go to a Protestant service, or a mosque, or heck, a Wiccan circle, and participate as your conscience allows, and be respectful and loving and supportive of your fellow children of God. And also be openly and unapologetically Catholic. Then - invite them to Mass!
A Wiccan circle!!! Definitely not. Witchcraft is not a benign, well-meaning faith. Witchcraft is aligned with satan, whether those practising realise it or not. You must not go to such things.

You could attend a service in a Protestant church, a Synagogue, or a Mosque, but it would very much depend on your motivation for doing so.

If you are attending because you wish to give credence to their belief systems, or because you believe that there is some validity in their belief system, then no, you should not go.

On the other hand, if you are attending a Protestant service for ecumenical reasons you can go. Or if you are attending something like a Holocaust Memorial service in a synagogue and you are attending out of a sense of support for the Jewish community, or a sense of solidarity with your fellow man uniting against such acts, then yes that would be OK. Or if you are attending a wedding or funeral etc. of a Protestant, Jewish or Muslim friend then there is no problem going. I guess, you could also go out curiosity, or to educate yourself on what goes on at Protestant, Jewish or Islamic services. You would naturally behave respectfully, but you would be there as a friend and observer.

But if you are going because of some personal spiritual reason, or you think there is something valid that you would benefit spiritually from going, then most definitely you should not go.
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It's a pretty big leap between having less than the fullness of truth to worshipping demons.
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Is it ok to attend other religious services? Like I will definitely go to Mass, but I might want to visit a synagogue or mosque, or temple.
I think actually attending should be left up to the conscience of the individual Catholic. It would be wrong to participate in a ceremony which imitates the Eucharist by taking communion.
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