Living Catholic in the 808
When Our Loved Ones Attend Another Christian Church
What are we to do when our adult loved ones who were raised as Catholics begin to attend another, non-Catholic Church?
For me, the most critical question to ask is whether or not the person is growing in relationship with Jesus and with a community of people who follow Jesus Christ.
The truth is that if our loved ones are growing in their Christian life, then we have more to be thankful for than to grieve. The Catechism itself says, “The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter. Those who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church.” (#838)
I personally am quite sad when my loved ones do not go to Catholic Mass. After all, Jesus founded one, catholic and apostolic Church and it hurts that we are not in full union with one another. But, I must separate my longings with the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives. I must thank God that my loved ones are growing closer to Christ even as I pray they one day come back to the Catholic Church.
By Kristina M. DeNeve,
Adult Faith Formation Coordinator
(Diocese of Honolulu)