Sunday, May 8, 2016

On Attendance at Protestant Services: Cardinal Allen, 1594

"Never teach nor defend the lawfulness of communicating with the Protestants in their prayers, or services, or conventicles where they meet to minister their untrue sacraments; for this is contrary to the practice of the Church and the holy fathers of all ages, who never communicated nor allowed in any Catholic person to pray together with Arians, Donatists, or what other soever.  Neither is it a positive law of the Church, and therefore dispensable on occasions, but it is forbidden by God's Eternal law, as by many evident arguments I could convince, and it hath been largely proved in sundry treatises in our own tongue, and we have practised it from the beginning of our miseries.  And lest any of my brethren should distrust my judgment, or be not satisfied by the proofs adduced, or myself be beguiled therein in my own conceit, I have not only taken the opinion of learned divines here, but, to make sure, I have asked the judgment of His Holiness (Clement VIII) thereon.  And he expressly said that participation in prayers with Protestants, or going to their services was neither lawful nor dispensable."


  1. As a child, I remember my parents being very clear: "you only go into a protestant church to use the bathroom!" And I understood well the reason why. As for me, anything coming out of Rome that would contradict what my good parents taught me - and that only because it was explained to them by their own parents - will be politely ignored!