I used to be an Anglican, and my family still is. There are many memories (especially of my now deceased grandparents) associated with the Anglican parish my parents sometimes go to and where I used to work. Family tradition has it, for example, that we’d go to things like Remembrance Sunday (First World War) services, Christmas carol singing, and some other events (in addition to popping in once every few months on a Sunday).
Since I’ve become Catholic, I’ve been struggling with how to handle the tension: On the one side not wanting to offend my family and grandparents’ memory, on the other side not wishing to cause scandal. The Anglican vicar, with whom I am good friends, and just a few other members know that I have converted to Catholicism after I quit work there.
I don’t go there regularly, but I have been twice (or perhaps thrice) since my conversion. Once for Remembrance Sunday and once for the 50th anniversary of the organist, who has been there since my dad was little. I’m not sure if there was another occasion. Anyway, I never take Communion, and my family know the reason.
Now, I’m still not sure if this is the right thing to do, though. I understand that attending weddings and stuff, as long as it doesn’t cause scandal, can be permissible at non-Catholic churches, but it’s not the same thing as what I have been doing.
Do you have any thoughts or advice on this? What should I do? Have I perhaps even committed sin by attending? :shrug: