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The charismatic white Church was his first place to try out worship outside the mainstream Catholic or Protestant Churches. Intrigues among Church leaders put him off.

The holy communion: According to Catholic dogma the bread IS the body of Jesus, the wine IS Jesus' blood. Protestants consider the holy communion a symbolic act of communion of believers. My husband, coming from Catholic tradition, takes it as an offence when a Protestant participates in the communion at a Catholic Church. I don't believe that either Catholics or Protestants really feel any different on average when they share bread and wine. - The core issue here is that Catholics don't want to share their only Holy Communion with apostates.  

by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 06:53:30 PM EST
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Lily: The core issue here is that Catholics don't want to share their only Holy Communion with apostates.

Not this Catholic.  Then again, I'm an apostate myself.

But seriously, I think that depends on the parish.  I may be remembering my own childhood church with rose-tinted glasses, but I don't think anyone really paid much attention to whether you were a true believer or not.  I know the few times my heathen father attended mass, he made no bones about participating in communion.  On the contrary, not to have done so would have been impolite!  (Come to think of it, I will have to ask my mother how she felt about my father's brazen eucharistic transgressions beneath her quiet indulgence.)

Having said that, I remember when I was invited to a black, I guess "charismatic" church, when it came to communion time, I refrained from taking part, since I had not been properly baptized in their church.  I remember how touched and grateful I felt when everyone around me dismissed my reservations as silly hogwash, and that of course I was more than welcome to take part.  From this point of view, yes, I think I know what you mean:  that "I am not worthy" reserve of mine almost certainly came from my Catholic education.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 07:24:59 PM EST
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Dear Lily did write ;)

Catholics praise Virgin Mary, let the Pope talk and then do what they consider appropriate in our times [simplification based on limited exposure to Catholics; no generalisation intended].

Amen.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 08:38:15 PM EST
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True, true.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.
by marco on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 08:48:47 PM EST
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