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Can a Catholic attend an Anglican mass as a visitor?

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Can a Catholic attend an Anglican mass as a visitor?

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Yes. However, because the Anglican church does not have valid holy orders, eucharistic intercommunion is not possible. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following:

Ecclesial communities derived from the Reformation and separated from the Catholic Church have not preserved the proper reality of the eucharistic mystery in its fullness, especially because of the absence of the sacrament of Holy Orders. It is for this reason that, for the Catholic Church, eucharistic intercommunion with these communities is not possible. (CCC 1400)


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  1. Conor Buckley Reply

    This is not borne out by subsequent papal actions. Pope Paul VI gave the visiting Archbishop of Canterbury an episcopal ring – in effect recognising him as a brother bishop. All Canterbury successors have worn this ring when visiting their papal successors.

    I am an Anglican and a graduate (with 1st Class Honours) of the Pontifical University at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland. One lecturer mentioned Apostolicae Curiae with the phrase “if we can take it seriously”.

  2. Nii Croffie Reply

    While the Patriarch Bishop of Rome and the Ecumenical Primate Archbishop of Canterbury are trying to stop dogmatic disunity in the Church of God see what you are doing. Roman Catholics and all other Christians who are duly baptised and confirmed may recieve Holy Communion in an Anglican/Episcopal Church without hindrance.

  3. Keerthisiri Fernando Reply

    How do you get valid holy orders? Anglican church was part of the Roman Catholic church and then church in England became church of England. Same orders continued. Just because then pope was not in good terms with England how can you say that the holy orders are not valid? Does the validity come from pope or God?

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