Can a woman who was divorced by her first husband (he left her and married again) receive Holy Communion?

By December 13, 2014 Q&A

Full Question

Can a woman who was divorced by her first husband (he left her and married again) receive Holy Communion?

Answer

Yes. If a divorced person has willfully destroyed a valid marriage, or if that person has entered into another romantic relationship, that person is barred from Communion until he has regularized his status in the Church through confession and/or an annulment. As neither of these circumstances apply in this case, the person is able to receive Communion, assuming she is otherwise in a state of grace.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

It can happen that one of the spouses is the innocent victim of a divorce decreed by civil law; this spouse therefore has not contravened the moral law. There is a considerable difference between a spouse who has sincerely tried to be faithful to the sacrament of marriage and is unjustly abandoned and one who through his own grave fault destroys a canonically valid marriage. (CCC 2386)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in Concerning the Reception of Holy Communion by the Divorced and Remarried, has said that a divorced Catholic who has not remarried can receive Holy Communion after receiving the sacrament of confession and living in complete continence.

15 Comments

  • Thomas Jose says:

    There’s no problem 4 receving holy communion by a divorcee irrespective of d status of her/his divorce. Reason being God is d supreme forgiver of sins. There’s none like God on earth n heaven. Divorce happens ‘cose of disagreement between 2 indviduals. So it cud not be a sin.
    Moreover our ancestors were followed polygamy 4 which God did not punish ’em at all. Among ’em king David n his son Solomon were prominent n Jesus Christ n we all r decendents.
    Literally no restriction 4 receiving communion as this is only d rememberance of d last super.

    • Mayo Maroons says:

      “Literally no restriction 4 receiving communion as this is only d remembrance of d last super”………… if thats all you think communion is THOMAS then chances are you are a protestant….. or A catholic who needs some education quickly

      • Marv Ack says:

        What would you expect from someone who uses “d”, “4”, “n” and the like in a serious conversation? This is a person not well educated in anything at all, apparently.

    • MarMay says:

      Excuse me, Thomas Jose…there ARE restrictions — read the Answer given above!!!

      • brenda says:

        I do not feel holy communion should not be allowed to divorce individuals, if someone is in church they are making effort to make their life right with GOD, and asking to receive him by holy communion is only right. A lot of people give up on the church for condemning them for Divorce. GOD would not want one to stay in a bad marriage.

  • pamela says:

    I was married in the church but divorced.My ex husband sadly passed away in sept . since we haven’t seen each other in years and there was no annulment what does it mean for me? Am I considered a widow?

    • Marv Ack says:

      Yes, Pamela, you’re a widow and you can remarry. You may need to go to Confession first, depending on what you’ve done since the separation. Easy peasy.

    • Ann says:

      No Pamela since you were divorced before your husband died you are not considered a widow, you are still considered divorced, but by all means ask a catholic priest on this to confirm it for you and to advise you on the best thing to do regarding this.

  • Mayo Maroons says:

    “Literally no restriction 4 receiving communion as this is only d remembrance of d last super”………… if thats all you think communion is THOMAS then chances are you are a protestant….. or A catholic who needs some education quickly

  • Stacey says:

    I divorce my husband,because he committed adultery and a couple of of outside kids were conceived into our married.

  • Ysa White says:

    Can a woman who is single and Catholic by religion married a divorced man received Holy Communion?

  • Elma Ramirez says:

    What if you was married through the Catholic Church and divorced by the court of the county you live in without an annulment . Does that mean still you can be still married and can’t mary again by church but can be married again but by the court only ?

  • DPJ says:

    The one issue I feel the Church needs to address is in fact divorced and remarried persons being able to receive Communion. My first wife cheated on me so of course the marriage had to end. Should I be barred from receiving Communion if I remarry to a wonderful single Catholic, and in a Catholic church? No; however, that is my opinion only.

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