[quote="englishredrose, post:8, topic:283481"]
they may have meant why don't Catholics join in with communion in other churches when they are visiting guests etc?
I know in my church (anglican) at communion the priest will invite people to come forward to communion if they have been confirmed in their own church. If they haven't 'yesterday he added to place their hands over their chest then he will know-where as usually just carry a leaflet-perhaps he knew we'd run out of leaftlets as had big baptism on)
Knowing that Catholics would not receive communion in an anglican church I have no idea what priests mean if you are confirmed in your own church you can recieve communion here. Is he inviting Catholics to - if they choose to as well as any other denomination. It dont really matter since I know we do accept Catholics receiving in our church its just that the Catholic Church teaches Catholics not to just a point of interest. At my confirmation class in 1985 I was told that we can receive communion anywhere including Catholic Churches but Roman Catholics don't like us to unless we get permission from the priest at the time. It may be this that the nurses were talking about as such.
I know the theology as such but why is it such a hard and fast rule that Catholics are taught not to receive communion elsewhere when we all worship the same God and all are Christian? Seems odd way forward to me to bringing about The Lords Family.
Protestants do not believe in the Real Presence. We do. As a Catholic, I would not attend a Protestant service. For me, the beauty of the Holy Mass is that Jesus is fully present. I would not have any reason to attend a Protestant service because there is nothing there of any substance. Of course, it is nice to meet up with old friends, but Protestants keep changing their beliefs due to lack of leadership.
For all its faults, the Catholic Church is unchanging because we have our wonderful Pope, who is the direct successor of St Peter - the first Pope, who was installed by Jesus Christ Himself. The Deposit of Faith in our Church is also an amazing source of guidance and all of this means that it is the singular means of salvation for the world.
God bless :)