My husband and I have been seriously considering the Catholic Church for a while now and have gone to Mass a couple of times. I have a question about a recent comment from my Catholic neighbor.
Her family attends a parish that it VERY traditional (prayer veils, etc.) and as we were discussing a parish in our city whose priest had caused a scandal (interviewed on t.v. because of his differing opinions with the Church regarding same-sex marriage, marriage of priests, divorce, etc. and who was subsequently forced to retire by the Bishop), she commented that she suspected that MANY parishes in our city may not have a valid Eucharist. When I asked what she meant, she said, “Well, I’m sure there are books written on that subject.”
Needless to say, I don’t quite think she and her husband were very overjoyed when I told them we had attended Mass (at the nearest parish that is likely a little too “modern” for her tastes). But, her comment has me pondering and asking, “How would I, as a person unfamiliar with all the intricacies at each parish be able to discern if the parish had a legitimate Eucharist?”
Is my neighbor being too far reaching with her comment because of her own personal views of worship style, etc. I believe her comment did involve the issue of birth control usage, etc., which I believe she assumes is permitted by other parishes because her parish has the extraordinarily large families (i.e., 7-10 kids is not unusual). :shrug:
While I know the official RCC position on these issues, are these teachings something that is explicitly spoken at each church by the priest to the congregation?
I feel that if I’m going to actually do all the work and steps necessary to convert, I sure want to make sure that the parish I land at is teaching in line with the true teaching of the Church