For a Catholic convert who either was raised in a Protestant church (including being baptized there) or who was married in a Protestant church, but whose parents, spouse and children want to remain Protestant and belong to the same church, is it still sin after Vatican II to attend the family's church worship and all the church activities for the sake of family bonding and existing church fellowship? The attendance is in addition to fulfilling all Catholic obligations.
This is in light of this guide for examination of conscience from a traditionally oriented Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri parish (under the first commandment):
Have I taken part in any non-Catholic worship?
Helpful clarifications that an answer may provide:
- Is a dispensation needed?
- Does it make a difference that the intention behind as well as the circumstances of the moral decision is to preserve family unity while persuading the rest of the family to convert as well?
- How about when the family member is a spouse married in a Protestant ceremony that is recognized by the Catholic as valid before the Lord (i.e. not a civil marriage)?
- Is participation in the Protestant Lord's Supper as memorial (Anabaptist and Baptist) okay since it is done recalling the same sacrifice and using similar wordings as in the Catholic church?
- How about when the Lord's supper is a means of grace (Lutheran, Anglican, Reformed, Methodist)?