Can a Catholic attend an Anglican mass as a visitor?

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Can a Catholic attend an Anglican mass as a visitor?


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. 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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