[quote=Philthy]Lets get something from the CCC before too much speculation occurs. My wife has distanced herself from the RCC and prefers to go to the Efree church - I guess that would be my “special reason” - my family unity.
PhilOk, let’s just do that:
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
"I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH"
Paragraph 3. The Church Is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
811 "This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic."256 These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other,257 indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes his Church one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and it is he who calls her to realize each of these qualities.
812 Only faith can recognize that the Church possesses these properties from her divine source. But their historical manifestations are signs that also speak clearly to human reason. As the First Vatican Council noted, the "Church herself, with her marvelous propagation, eminent holiness, and inexhaustible fruitfulness in everything good, her catholic unity and invincible stability, is a great and perpetual motive of credibility and an irrefutable witness of her divine mission."258
Read the whole context HERE. There’s more to it than just that so be sure to read it all.
I think that, unless there is a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic, there is very little reason to attend n-C churches and that a Catholic who consistently does so just because they get a lovey-dovey, warm fuzzy from their services needs to get their own faith squared away, understand what the Mass is all about, pay careful attention to the readings and the homily, and focus on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and all that entails for us.
Then they need to ask their pastor what all their own church needs from them and begin to work as hard as they can to make it the best parish in the church.
To me going to a service that doesn’t have the Eucharist is like going to a expensive fancy restaurant only to discover that all you get is an empty plate with symbolic and imaginary food. I’ve GOTTA have my daily bread of life!