Attending other faith services *m

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Attending other faith services *m
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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 1:21pm
My DH said that in the Catechism it is written that as Catholics we are not allowed to attend church services of other Christian denominations. Is this true? And are there ANY circumstances in which we are allowed to attend other church services... like a baptism or a funeral??

Thanks

Trish

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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 5:45pm
Not true that I know of. We cannot substitute a Sunday service in another faith for our requirement to attend Mass, but there are no restrictions that I'm aware of in attending baptisms, funerals etc. in churches of other denominations.
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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 8:40pm
I think that maybe that was true of older catechisms -- I remember my mother talking about this. I think you used to have to get permission from your pastor to attend even a wedding of another religion. However, I'm pretty sure this has been relaxed. You still can't substitute their service for your own, but I don't think there's anything wrong with going.
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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 9:37am
To the best of my knowledge you can attend other faith services; however, one cannot substitute that Sunday service for Mass nor participate in the other faith's communion.

Good question.

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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 6:41pm
It ius correct that a Catholic can attend a service in a separated Christian community with a just need and for a good reason. A Catholic cannot take part in the service as any form of minister without the approval of the Catholic Bishop. This includes being prtesented as "Godparents" at a non-Catholic Baptism.
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Tue, 06-17-2003 - 9:11am
..I agree with all of the above. And on top of that all, The "Other Faith.." services hit me like a ton of bricks a while ago. DH is Presbyterian and I am Catholic. When we first got married, we were alternating each other's Services/Masses and I even went as far as attending his Church's Class for Converting. BUT I attended it as an Education Lesson more than anything else. When the Class ended, It was just assumed I was ready to convert. I AM SO GLAD I asked about the coralation between their Religion and my Catholic Faith. I was told that If I was welcomed and received into their Church, it WOULD REPLACE my own faith which I was not ready for that nor was it a plan of mine. I do respect other Religions but understand and respect my own just as well....

Jeanne