[quote=RSiscoe]No, it’s not OK. Unfortunately, I think we have lost the sense of the evil of heresy. False religions are very evil. In fact, believe it or not, a false religion is worse than the act of abortion.“The sin of unbelief [heresy] is greater than any sin which occurs in the perversion of morals.” (St. Thomas Aquinas).
An individual who is a member of a false religion may not necessarily be a bad person (naturally speaking), but the false religion itself is EXTREMELY evil. That cannot be emphasized enough.
Just as you would not want to take your family to an abortion mill to observe an abortion, because it offends God, so too you would not want to take your family to observe a false religious service for the same reason: because it offends God.
A false religious service may or may not offend you or I very much, but it offends God greatly - more so than abortion. That is why we should have nothing to do with it. Why does false worship offend God more than abortion? Because it is against the first commandment, which is the greatest commandment. Muder (abortion) is a direct attack on man and an indirect attack on God. Heresy (false religion), on the other hand, is a direct attack on God, which is why it is worse.
This truth has been kind of swept under the rug for the past 35 years or so, but it is still true. I think the new Pope may again begin to emphazise this.
How does going to a Jewish Synagogue or an Orthodox Church once to observe the service constitute “obstinate denial or doubt, after baptism, of a truth which must be believed by divine and catholic faith. Apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith. Schism is the withdrawal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or from communion with the members of the Church subject to him.” (Heresy as defined by CIC 751 and CCC 2089.)??? And since you brought Aquinas into this, the observation does not even fit his definition of heresy (Summa Theologica Secunda Secundae Partis 10. 9,11 and 11. 1,2.). Reply to Objection 3: “As Augustine says (Ep. xliii) and we find it stated in the Decretals (xxiv, qu. 3, can. Dixit Apostolus): “By no means should we accuse of heresy those who, however false and perverse their opinion may be, defend it without obstinate fervor, and seek the truth with careful anxiety, ready to mend their opinion, when they have found the truth,” because, to wit, they do not make a choice in contradiction to the doctrine of the Church.” (Summa Theologica Secunda Secundae Partis 11.2).
Second, the anology of an abortion mill to an Orthodox Church service is false (inductive fallacy) and is a grave injustice. Abortion is gravely contrary to the moral law and has a canonical penalty of excommunication (CCC 2271-2272 and CIC 1398, 1314, 1323-1324). The Church has not declared the Orthodox Sacraments to be “gravely contrary to the moral law.” as far as I know. And the Jewish faith is unlike the other non-Christian religions as Judaism is already a response to God’s revelation in the Old Covenant. (CCC 839). If attending in observation is an act of “heresey”, how could a Pope enter and pray at a Synagogue, Mosque or Orthodox Church and acknowledge the common bonds shared by each one in particular to Catholicism??? Observing a Jewish Service or Orthodox service once doesn’t constitute participation or identifying.
Please correct me if I am wrong, and again, I apologize if I have scandalized anyone by my question. Thank you for your insights. Thanks and God Bless.