Q. 1. Can a person belong to different denominations? With the present shortage of priests, our Church no longer has a full-time priest available to the faithful. The Church no longer offers any programs. The local Catholic Church just appears to be dying.
A couple years ago, I found a Church in my community that is very active. It has a young preacher who is available to hear about our needs. I find that I have gained so much from my participation in this new Church.
Does the Catholic Church oppose my involvement in a Church of a different denomination?
A. 1. The Catholic Church does not dictate to anyone what they should do regarding their choice of religion. At the same time, you should be reminded that when you received the Sacrament of Confirmation, you were sent forward to defend and promote the Catholic faith.
You have to realize that the reason why there are two different denominations is because there is two different sets of beliefs. Ask yourself, "What Church did Jesus institute on earth?" Is that the Church that you want to belong to? The Catholic Church enjoys the Real Presence of Jesus in the Sacred Tabernacle and in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Such cannot be said about the other 30,000 different denominations. You cannot serve two masters. It is impossible to believe in the teachings of the Catholic Church and to believe in the teachings of another denomination at the same time. You have to choose one faith.
If you find a need to participate in some of the activities of the other denomination, you may do so providing those activities will not jeopardize your faith. For example, Bible studies are not recommended because the teachings of the other religion are different and often oppose those of the Catholic Church.
Nor would it be appropriate for you to receive communion in a different denomination. By doing so, you would be saying, by your actions, that all religions are equal. Such would also imply that there is no difference between receiving communion in the Catholic Church or in any other Churches. In other words, it would be a denial of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Catholic Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.