Can a Catholic attend an Anglican mass as a visitor?

By November 30, 2014 22 Comments

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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)


  • Michael Steele says:

    The Anglican Communion does have the exact same Sacraments as the Roman Catholic Church, including Holy Orders and Apostolic Sucession. Need to find a better answer and research other churches before posting answers. Thanks!

    • Justin says:

      Don’t get mad at the Truth.

      • Gerry Kenny says:

        Do some research…the Anglican church does not believe that the body and blood of Christ is present but to the real Apostolic Catholic Church from Christ not King Henry(6 wives)church it is the whole truth and base of the One True Faith…..”One Holy Catholic Apostolic”!!

    • Rigel Casmual says:

      Not really. Because the Anglican Church broke away from the Catholic Church, it lost the true faith, therefore, even though they would have the sacraments, they are not truly sacramental, as for my friend who also replied to this discussion, they are invalid.

  • They have them, but as the Catechism above states, they are not Valid, as they broke faith from the One True Church, so that a King who wished to commit adultery against his faithful wife, could get a divorce.

  • Michael Steele says:

    Ironically the Orthodox Church will inform you that the Roman Catholic Church (a Reformation Church) broke from the One Truth Faith, and on that basis extends Holy Communion to only practicing Orthodox faithful. Kind of silly……

  • Kay says:

    Holy communion within the Catholic Church is seen as a sacrament

  • Jelle Sophie (Super Astra Sophia) says:

    Then we must go back to the great chism of 1054 AD. Who was right in the first place? And offcourse you can attend the Anglican mass. In the first place because the Anglican church has it’s foundation on the Catholic church and second because it would be inpolite. This church made changes over time in there lithurgy as did the Catholic Church when the pope began to state that he was the highest power on earth, the vicar of Christ on earth. Everything evolves and it is meaningfull to attend a mass to see the differences and the resemblances that ake our cultures much more richer.

  • D says:

    The answer here is actually Heritical. Every moral theology manual would tell you that to actively participate in a Protestant service would be a mortal sin.
    Pope Pius IX, Graves ac diuturnae (# 4), March 23, 1875, speaking of a non-Catholic sect: “They [the faithful] should totally shun their religious celebrations, their buildings, and their chairs of pestilence which they have with impunity established to transmit the sacred teachings.  They should shun their writings and all contact with them.  They should not have any dealings or meetings with usurping priests and apostates from the faith who dare to exercise the duties of an ecclesiastical minister without possessing a legitimate mission or any jurisdiction.”
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  • Anoka Uchenna says:

    Modern day catholic worshippers cares less about places of worship whether in a catholic or Anglican church,all they are eager to hear is true words of God that will change their situation at that very point.

    • Cesar says:

      There is no such thing as a ‘Modern’ Catholic. You are either Catholic or you are lying to yourself. Using the word modern implies that the Catholic Church has somehow changed its teachings.

  • Lynette Courtiers says:

    I was born and raised in a Anglican church. I was quite a good Anglican,and i enjoyed my faith very much. When i got married i changed my faith to Catholic. And as far as im concerned i am still praying to the same God. So to me there is no right and wrong. We all say the our father.

  • So there is no such thing as right and wrong? So why go to church at all if that is your belief.

  • jon says:

    The question should be rephrased.. can a Roman Catholic attend an Anglican mass as a visitor?

  • Lynda says:

    It seems to me that Catholic bishops who became Anglicans, then ordaining priests would have passed down the apostolic succession making the Sacraments valid.

    • Cesar says:

      Wrong. Once the Bishops broke away from the Catholic Church (by force), their ordinations were deemed as invalid.

  • Maleho says:

    God is Love and honestly doesn’t derive any joy in infighting or relegation of his oneness which is the Holy Trinity! He hears all prayers and accepts all sacraments equally

  • Msgr. James Rodgers says:

    I am an Anglican priest, though my Apostolic lines descend from Catholic, Orthodox, and Old Catholic lines. The Vatican itself considers those like me validly ordained, though illicit. My sacraments are the same as yours. All seven of them. Try not to be so proud. That is the way of hubris and error. Would Jesus approve? I think not.

  • Passion of Christ says:

    Catholic, Anglican or any church you believed on WILL NEVER take you to HEAVEN rather righteousness and obeying God’s commandments as in the holy bible. Church doctrines and sacraments will not take you to heaven. PRAY FOR GOD SALVATION.

  • Johnny says:

    There can never be no two original versions of the same thing. You can either be a catholic or you are a duplicate. Though God will look at what reason / intention that took you to an Anglican church. So i think

  • Julie says:

    Pope Leo XIII wrote a “Papal Bull” concerning Anglican orders in 1896. This Document followed an intense study by both Roman Catholic and Anglican theologians on the Anglican ordination rite. It particularly focused on a 100 year period in which Anglicans had eliminated the words used in effecting and administering the sacraments. This was called the “Edwardian period” in which The simple words, “Receive the Holy Ghost” we’re used in the laying on of hands. Following that 100 years it was decided by the Anglican hierarchy that these words were insufficient and the ordination rite was edited once again. In the end it all comes down to a belief in the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. Many Anglicans revere the position of the Bishop of Rome but do not respect his authority. ThIs is what makes them Protestants….they PROTEST the authority of Rome. Without that authority there would be no creed and no scriptures. Here is a link to the papal bull online:

  • Marie-Rose Stanek says:

    I have met with true believers in various Christian denominations. The Roman Catholic church was my home in my youth, then ten years without anything. For thirty years God placed me in the Anglican church, in an International setting : England and Benelux, I experienced the Charismatic revival there and fully read the Bible for the first time. Today I am back in the Roman Catholic Church in France by God’s will, even though I find the tradition rather heavy at times. I occasionaly enjoy fellowship with membres of other denominations. I think that what matters is really recognising what we all have in common that is ‘Jesus Christ our saviour. Endless discussions about what is the real church is only making things confusing and a bad exemple for outsiders. This is what Paul says in one of his letters.

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