I have a friend who recently told me when talking about religion that she once went to a catholic church and was scorned because she went to receive the Eucharist but she wasn’t catholic.
I know that is wrong and I told her why to my best effort and it was because she wasn’t baptized within the church but she was baptized in a protestant church.
She doesn’t understand a lot about it but she was like “it’s the same God” and I feel for her.
I tried to explain it but I I ran dry of good reasons and I want clarification and some insight from others.
How is protestant baptism different from catholic baptism? Is it invalid?
If one is baptized in the church but hasn’t attended mass since a child could they still receive the Eucharist if they start going again?
I’m very catholic and can usually explain a lot as I know a lot about my faith but I was bummed out as I couldn’t really offer a reason other than she needed to be baptized by a priest in the church to be able to receive Christ. And explaining how priests inherit their ability to administer the sacraments because Christ gave them the authority to do so.
She was very interested and respecting and listened but I felt I was leaving out stuff.
can anyone offer more insight?