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Steven Ace Galedo wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is it OK for a Catholic like me to attend Christian fellowships?

Steven Ace

  { Is it OK for a Catholic like me to attend Christian fellowships? }

Bob replied:

Steven Ace,

There is no problem in attending other Christian group's events and fellowships or even their Bible studies.

The only possible problem could arise from those that may challenge your Catholic faith or sow confusion if you did not have access to good Catholic information to clear up differences.

Generally, anything that leads you closer to Christ is a good thing, and you could potentially witness to others about your Catholic faith.

God bless you,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Dear Steven Ace,

I would be a little more cautious about doing this than my colleague Bob.

It's my understanding that most Christian fellowships are Protestant fellowships.

If that is what you are addressing in your question I wouldn't recommend it unless you are
well-schooled in:

  • the Scriptures
  • a good Catholic understanding of key Scripture passages, and
  • the Teachings of the Church.

People who attend Protestant Christian fellowships may believe different things on various biblical teachings, but the one issue they all agree on is:

  • The Catholic Church doesn't know how to interpret their own Bible, and
  • they reject most of the Church's teachings.
  • If you are well-versed in the Scriptures and Church teaching as Bob is, you should go.
  • If you aren't, I wouldn't recommend it.

Instead I would take the initiative and start a Catholic Christian fellowship in your local parish [and/or] check to see if there is something similar at the diocesan level.

I hope this helps,

Mike
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