This is my first post here – I just found the forum today.
Very briefly, I’m divorced after a 20 year marriage to a protestant woman; I’m a cradle Catholic. We have three kids, and we attended protestant churches throughout our marriage. Our kids only rarely attended Catholic mass with me during our marriage.
I have my kids half-time. Their ages are 8-14.
During our marriage, we attended a protestant church, so my kids are used to that environment. After divorcing, I have gone back to the Catholic church, and I find it very comfortable. I have been taking my kids to mass with me every other week, but they are very resistant to it and openly critical of the Catholic church. One thing that really turns them off to mass and the Catholic church is their inability to take communion while everyone else does. (I’ve tried explaining the reasons for this, but it hasn’t helped.)
So, my question:
Can my kids become Catholic and take communion while being in another church with their mom and stepdad? (The kids are members of a Methodist church.)
I talked with a friend who is a Catholic priest, and he said it is possible for the kids to become Catholic while also being a member of another church, but he wasn’t too specific. I haven’t been able to find too much information on this topic online.
Thanks for any feedback.
I’m considering switching to a protestant church on weekends I have them to avoid the tension I’m feeling. Hard to figure out what is best. (I stayed in our original protestant church for two years after the divorce to maintain at least that continuity for the kids. Their mom left that church immediately.)