[quote=Feanaro’s Wife]Why not?
Would the advice extend to not reading any Protestant books, listening to radio shows, or even talking to Protestant friends?
I don’t think there is anything from the Church that tells us not to attend Protestant (or other religious) services. We are just not allowed to participate in anything that goes against our faith (like participating in their communion etc) or doing anything that would cause scandal.
**Personally, I think it is a personal decision. Like someone above said, go if you feel strong enough, but you don’t HAVE to just to try to keep the family peace. **
Though it may be a confidence factor to some in whether they should attend Protestant services, it really should not be taken lightly. True, it should not interfere with the Sunday obligation. True, you should not participate in anything that goes against Church teaching, such as communion. I don’t believe it should be a “personal” decision… unless it was a personal decision that came with supportive input from a priest. Otherwise, one has blatantly disregarded feedback from a proper authority on the matter.
Feanaro’s Wife, I believe you are correct in saying that the Church hasn’t come-out with any official dogmas or doctrines against attending non-Catholic services.
On the other hand, I don’t see why Kathryn_0404 could not let the deciding factor be what her parish priest advises her to do. She’s received plenty of input from us, but I would bring it to someone who is more directly watching over her best interest and may know her better. If she is not a member of any parish, and/or she has not built a relationship with any priest, I would agree with Youngcatholic by not attending the church service to stay on the safe side. Go ahead and attend the potluck- I would simply suggest bringing a dish so as to not upset the reformed. May be a cake with frosted-writing: “What have you done to observe Lent this year?” (ha ha)