"Can Roman Catholics
receive communion in the Polish National Catholic Church? Also, what sacraments
are different in the two churches?"
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indicates that this organization is not part of the Catholic Church.
Traditionally such a situation is referred to as heresy or schism (depending on
the nature of the break). For more information on heresy / schism, please see
Catholics should NOT
receive sacraments from heretical / schismatic groups, as the sacraments are
generally either invalid or illicit. For more information on what makes a
sacrament valid, please see
here. Especially note the question "Are There Sacraments Outside the
Also, please remember
that Sacraments which require priestly powers can only be conferred by validly
ordained priests. Furthermore it should be noted that, "the ecclesial
communities which have not preserved the valid Episcopate and the genuine and
integral substance of the Eucharistic mystery, are not Churches in the proper
sense." Therefore, it is generally best to avoid the term 'church' when not
speaking of the Catholic Church.
Also, please consider
the Church's continual statements on the necessity of being Catholic. For more
information, please try
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