Catholic in a Protestant church


#1

Would it be wrong for a catholic to worship in a Protestant church if there was no Catholic church within easy travelling distance ?


#2

Define “easy” traveling distance.


#3

This is something that should be discussed with the Catholic priest assigned to that area.

While occasional participation in Protestant and ecumenical services are OK, regular attendance is problematic.


#4

There is no substiute for the Catholic Mass:)


#5

If its really impossible for you to get to a Catholic church it would be much better if you watch the Mass on EWTN. At least you will have a spiritual Communion. It is not right for a Catholic to regularly attend a protestant church and it does not fulfill any obligations.


#6

No they can’t instead of going to Mass. I think they can go but not in place of Mass.


#7

With frequent attendance at Protestant services one runs the risk of developing an indifferentist attitude to faiths.

Especially with the more ‘High Church’ Anglican/Episcopalian or Lutheran services which more resemble our Mass.

Certainly inadvisable to attend more frequently than you do the Mass - or at least, as has been said, watch on TV or listen on the radio.

Although if you DO attend you can just as easily make a Spiritual Communion at the Protestant service and offer it for their conversion :wink:


#8

Yes I agree! I’m sorry I didn’t mean to imply that one make a habit out of going to Protestant services. :slight_smile:


#9

I would consider an hour drive both ways to be reasonable so I’m probably not the guy to ask. My parish is only like 10 minutes at most and there are 5 Catholic Churches within about 20-25 minutes of me.:shrug:

If I can’t get to Mass, I will not attend a non-Catholic service, even though there are about 4 within 5 minutes, and 2 of them are walking distance.


#10

If they can both get to heaven what difference does it make? By the way, if we both get there you will find out I am right.


#11

I just had another thought. Do you know the greatest desire a human being has? The answer is that he always wants to be right. And when you really think about it isn’t that right? I’m RIGHT,RIGHT?


#12

No. A Catholic cannot worship in a Protestant Church. If he does, he will in a long run, leave the Catholic faith all together for a Protestant one.

I would recommend going to masstimes.org/dotnet/Default.aspx Mass Time. All you need is a zip code. It’s also worldwide.


#13

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