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Can someone who wants to become a Catholic join the Church even though his invalid marriage causes an impediment to receiving Holy Communion?

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Can someone who wants to become a Catholic join the Church even though his invalid marriage causes an impediment to receiving Holy Communion?


The “impediment" you mention is the state of objectively grave sin. A person cannot enter the Church if he plans to continue living in such a state. Rather, he should cease living as a married person (e.g., live as brother and sister instead) until the marriage issue is resolved. That way he can enter the Church in the state of grace and fully live the sacramental life.

Contact your local pastor or RCIA director for more information.


  1. John Connor Reply

    Where does one submit a question on this site? I have looked over the whole site and cannot find any place to leave a question.


    Instead of a comment on this topic, can I pose the following question?
    What is the Church’s stand on divorce for constant & un-abating extreme maltreatment and cruelty to a spouse who validly went through the sacrament of matrimony (both are Catholics). Many Catholics are arguing that the Church is not flexible and does not go with the time by not allowing the couple to divorce in such circumstances. I argued that marriage is a sacrament instituted by Christ. Furthermore, “what God put together, let no man put asunder”. Also, Jesus said that if a man/woman divorces his/her wife/husband and marries another, he/she has committed an adultery. So, I feel there should be no compromise at all. The worst scenario would be a separation. My argument seems to unacceptable. Could you enlighten me on a better answer. Thank you.

  3. Margarett Reply

    God does not require a person to remain in an abusive situation. Likely an anullment would be a possibility. Some tribunals require a civil divorce for legal purposes. Sometimes that divorce has already happened. What you “feel” is not necessarily in line with Church teaching. Why would you seek to be less merciful than God?

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