May a person who is divorced but not remarried receive Communion?

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May a person who is divorced but not remarried receive Communion?

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While Church teaching recognizes the seriousness of divorce, it understands that:
1. There are situations in which civil divorce may be necessary: “If civil divorce remains the only possible way of ensuring certain legal rights, the care of the children, or the protection of inheritance, it can be tolerated and does not constitute a moral offense” (CCC 2383), and
2. Divorce may occur due to no fault of an innocent spouse:

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)


In such cases, divorce is not sinful for that person and he or she may continue to receive Communion. However, in other cases—as with all serious sin—a divorced person should go to confession immediately, prior to receiving Communion. If a divorced person later remarries invalidly he or she would then be prohibited from receiving Communion as long as that situation persists or until he or she has gone to confession and committed to living chastely. The Catechism explains:

Today there are numerous Catholics in many countries who have recourse
to civil divorce and contract new civil unions. In fidelity to the
words of Jesus Christ—"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another,
commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and 
marries another, she commits adultery"—the Church maintains that a new
union cannot be recognized as valid, if the first marriage was. If 
the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a 
situation that objectively contravenes God’s law. Consequently, they 
cannot receive Eucharistic Communion as long as this situation 
persists. For the same reason, they cannot exercise certain ecclesial 
responsibilities. Reconciliation through the sacrament of penance can 
be granted only to those who have repented for having violated the 
sign of the covenant and of fidelity to Christ, and who are committed 
to living in complete continence. (CCC 1650)

Answered by Jim Blackburn









88 comments

  1. Patrick Zamiatowski Reply

    I divorced 3 years ago after 13 1 / 2 years of marriage my ex wife caused me too many problems . One of the problems was she accused women in my Parish of wanting to sleep with me. I was very faithful to her. I took the advice of my Pastor and divorced her she has other issues. A week before our divorce she came in the Church we were married in and threatened to kill if I divorced her the day of the divorce she never showed up at the divorce hearing. I decided that the divorce to move away from my hometown I miss the job I had in my Parish as a Sacristan.

    1. Stephan Gunn Reply

      Not an easy one to give a reply. Jealousy seemed to be at the heart of her grievances and in most cases this cannot be resolved if not through time but inevitably it is always the other party which has always to demonstrate fidelity and at times no matter how much one demonstrate such it is not accepted and such continues until realisation is achieved. Unfortunately much of ones serene life as a couple is lost. It is difficult to combat and provide reassurance for such insecurity and it is well advise to move on in life no matter how difficult it is when faced with such a dilemma for no reason to oneself failings. Hopefully she will, through time, reconcile with herself and accept she was unreasonable beyond tolerance and your serenity will eventually be achieved once such errors of uncontrollable emotions are understood.

    2. Joy Reply

      Patrick, to me it sounds like she had deeper problems then the rest of us know! If one threatens to kill~ that sounds very off balance to me. You did the right thing in my eyes! I wish you the best and that you can move on with your life to make it the best!!

  2. Stephan Gunn Reply

    A couple are married in the Church. The wife seeks a consensual civil separation. From the time of asking such a separation, its discovered within two weeks she has a relationship and he asks for a judicial separation based on her committing adultery. Much legal stuff takes place for two years under the knowledge she has a new companion which she always describes just as a friend. A separate declaration is made by the friend which states it was his wish to start a relationship. She always denies that a relationship never existed before asking for a consensual relationship. Eventually the parties reach an agreement which ends in a consensual civil separation, after the friend is abandoned by her. She returns to the church having gone to confession, becomes active in church duties such as the teaching of catechism to children and takes communion. Both do not have any relationships with other people. However, he has irrefutable clear evidence she was unfaithful albeit always denied. Is she, therefore, allowed to have communion with God? Both parties meet and talk regularly, have a child under civil joint custody agreements, but live apart.

    1. Stephan Gunn Reply

      Any thoughts on this point are welcomed…

      1. Martha Lush Reply

        We are asked to forgive 70×7… Every marriage has highs…and lows… We move t higher ground when we work through those lower ground problems such as infidelity, jealousy, hurt feelings, etc. keep your eye on the goal…for yourself, your child and your spouse… Run the good race…fight the good fight… For Heaven is your Eternal goal and reward… It sounds to me as if your marriage is worth saving… Do it!

        1. Stephan Gunn Reply

          Thank you kindly for your thoughtful words. No matter what the difficulties are one is making all attempts possible at saving the marriage, for our child and indeed spouse. I also know if I give-up its finished, so as long as I continue, there is hope. These efforts are noted by my spouse who understands, without putting it in words, what I’m trying to achieve, as ultimately, I dearly wish for my daughter to have a true loving family.
          My one concern is that I think she is scared to lose face with those few people around her, including her ex-lover even though they are no longer together, but remain aware of each others activities since they share employment at the same company, albeit now separated having changes offices and town so as to avoid further contact.
          Having realised her mistakes and coming back to the church this could well be the key for her to make a leap of faith. Certainly living a stones throw from Assisi in Italy does help. However, the one question which somehow I have problems in finding an answer is the point of communion and I do not wish to take this up with the local parish priest at the church which she attends as I know he is also trying to pull us together again by attending Sunday Mass as a family.
          Anyhow, thank you for your encouragement..!!!

        2. valeriabonita Reply

          I would hardly put infidelity and “hurt feelings” in the same category. A cheater can bring to their spouse disease and death.

          1. Peter

            It sounds like you are doing everything right Stephan!

        3. Bridgette Reply

          What if the man you married deceived you? I married a man who simply married me to cover the fact he is a homosexual. I have two children from that marriage. I divorced him. Do you honestly think that I should have worked through the frequent beatings and deceit?

  3. Rose Reply

    If the Catholic Church does not recognize a marriage outside of the Catholic Church why would it be a sin to receive the Holy Eucharist?

    1. Patrick Reply

      The Catholic Church absolutely recognizes ALL civil marriages. It does not recognize civil divorce, hence annulments (coming from a married outside the church, divorced, and now converted Catholic) I was married and divorced before I was ever Catholic, I still have to seek an annulment if I want to remarry.

    2. Joy Reply

      I did not believe that the civil divorce was regarded in anyway with the Catholic Church! My understanding was only if married within the Catholic Church and that the civil marriage also is not considered my the Catholic Church! The only way one can get an annulment would be through the Pope! The Pope being Catholic only annuals Catholics! I was married in the Catholic Church and got a civil divorce, so I can still receive communion due to circumstances, however, if I choose to remarry I would need an annulment from the Pope! Also Cohabitation is not accepted within the Catholic Church! If cohabiting then you may not receive communion unless you stop and ask forgiveness from confession. That is my understanding!

      1. aymamibrockway Reply

        Joy, you misunderstand. Civil marriages are considered valid. Marriage between two non-Catholics is considered valid. A marriage between a Catholic and a non Catholic is not considered valid. I was protestant and had to get an annulment before I could marry my Catholic wife. Our marriage was considered valid even though I was non-Catholic because we got a dispensation from the Bishop. Without the dispensation it would be considered not valid. The Bishop has the authority to grant an annulment, even to a protestant. The annulment isn’t something he gave me, it was the Church declaring that a marriage was invalid and thus never happened. BTW I have since become Catholic.

  4. Catherine Broussard Reply

    I am divorced but not remarried, can I receive Holy Communion if I am in a sexual relationship with someone?

    1. Patrick Reply

      Not unless you’ve confessed, and committed to living a chaste life until you remarry

      1. James Seymour Reply

        @Patrick: there’s really no such thing as being ‘remarried’ within the Church. As this article states, the Catholic Church defends the Lord’s intention for marriage which does not include divorce and remarriage because that is adultery. If Catherine believes she had a valid marriage within the Catholic Church, then she is asked to remain chaste and celibate, as all single laypersons are expected to be. If Catherine believes she had an invalid marriage, she is asked to remain chaste and celibate, as all single laypersons are expected to be, but can begin an inquiry into annulment and a tribunal can investigate whether she is able to marry in the Church. She could talk to her pastor about that possibility and he can answer any questions she might have.

        @Catherine: I have done in the past what you are speaking of, and have repented of it. I accept Church teaching that sex is intended for those in a valid marital union within the Church and that celibacy is a requirement of the single in the laity. I have come to believe that not only was I jeopardizing my own soul by participating in fornication, I was jeopardizing the soul of another as well. I have been celibate for 8 years now and receive grace in Mass that I don’t receive elsewhere. It’s a hard place to be, where you’re at, so I empathize. Scripture warns about receiving the Lord’s bread unworthily and that doing so brings judgement against oneself. I don’t want to encourage you in sin, but I understand you are in a relationship. I would recommend this: Please keep attending Mass but do not receive Communion until you are ready to reconcile yourself to the Lord. Also, I would recommend speaking with your pastor. He might help free you from your conflict and encourage your desire to be Holy.

  5. vic Reply

    Forgive me but this is not directly related to the topic Divorce and Communion but civil marriage and Communion rather. Since we had our civil wedding with my wife I never received Christ through the Communion in the belief that I am only worthy to do so if only we are married by the Church. What is the stand of our Catholic Church regarding civil wedding and Communion?

    1. Patrick Reply

      If you are not previously divorced, and she is your first wife, and you are her first husband, you should be OK, but you should talk to your priest. In my understanding, a marriage is a marriage in the eyes of God, but in the churches eyes, there is no divorce. Only a marriage that wasn’t valid.

      1. gib Reply

        Hi! are you sure about this? Co’z I still looking for the same answer…

      2. James Seymour Reply

        Patrick, I’m pretty sure you are off-base here. Being civilly married does not entitle one to receive Holy Communion in the Church. It is true that the Church presumes validity of marriage, but a civil marriage should be convalidated in the Church. Here’s a link to an authority on the topic:

        http://www.americancatholic.org/messenger/feb2004/feature2.asp

  6. sinner Reply

    why sinners can't receive the communion?
    even Christ Himself never rejected sinners, why do the Catholic Church does?

    1. Patrick Reply

      If they’re not in a state of mortal sin, baptized and confirmed in the church. It’s a matter of confession and doing the examination of conscience before eating it as to not eat and drink condemnation on yourself.

      It’s not a matter of excluding, but protecting people from the condemnation promised if you eat and drink unworthily.

    2. James Seymour Reply

      Sinners do receive Holy Communion, every week. Sometimes daily. If you have committed a mortal sin, however, you need to reconcile yourself to the Lord before eating His body and drinking His blood, through the sacrament of reconciliation, otherwise you bring judgement upon yourself. That may only be meaningful if you are baptized and Catholic. Here’s a very thorough link on the differences between mortal and venial sin, references to both in Scripture, and evaluation of types of sins that are opposed to the Ten Commandments:

      http://www.saintaquinas.com/mortal_sin.html

      But maybe you are referring to Protestants and Evangelicals not being able to receive communion in the Catholic Church – which is not to say that they are not welcome. It is possible to visit the Mass without receiving communion. Because of differences in beliefs, it simply is not possible to legitimately offer the sacrament of Holy Communion to anyone who does not believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Here’s a link to information regarding the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA):

      http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/who-we-teach/rite-of-christian-initiation-of-adults/

      Or there is a parish nearby you where you can ask a pastor about his belief in the Eucharist, or you can contact the Archdiocese in your area for more information.

      God bless!

  7. Mayet Guioguio Reply

    my husband is a foreigner protestant, he is divorce for like 13 year now. He has been married in their protestant church with his ex wife. Now he is civil married to me for 4 years now . I am catholic and i wanted much a church wedding but as i understand it i can not marry in to the catholic church with a divorce man. Now he ex wife got married in church again with his new live in partner. Is it possible that my husband and i can marry to the catholic church which i belong?

    1. Patrick Reply

      The divorced man must get an annulment through the Catholic Church before your marriage could be considered valid.

      1. Joy Reply

        I did not believe that the civil divorce was regarded in anyway with the Catholic Church! My understanding was only if married within the Catholic Church and that the civil marriage also is not considered my the Catholic Church! The only way one can get an annulment would be through the Pope! The Pope being Catholic only annuals Catholics! I was married in the Catholic Church and got a civil divorce, so I can still receive communion due to circumstances, however, if I choose to remarry I would need an annulment from the Pope! Also Cohabitation is not accepted within the Catholic Church! If cohabiting then you may not receive communion unless you stop and ask forgiveness from confession.

      2. Antonio Reply

        Need an annulment from the Protestant church, since the first marriage was Protestant.

        1. Peter Reply

          No, you just need an annulment from the Catholic Church. I would recommend Talking to your parish Priest.

  8. efozia anthony Reply

    i love your comment Patrick cheers

  9. neth monterde Reply

    I had foreigner boyfriend now, his married before on civil wedding ,he is separated for one year and now his plan to file divorce on his ex wife, so that we can marry . There is a possible that we can marry on the catholic church? Were both catholic . And me rarely single .Thanks

    1. Patrick Reply

      If he gets an annulment through the church

  10. simon Reply

    god loves us all even those who are not catholic ,most rules are man made ,we may get a shock to find out the real truth when we die ,the church has to many rules ordinary people can not live up to ,but god allows us to be human .
    worry is the biggest trouble within the catholic faith ,we strive to please men in cloth rather than love our fellow brothers ..

    1. James Seymour Reply

      Simon, when I get to Heaven, I know I’m going to be glad for sins I didn’t commit. I am happy today for the Lord’s intercession in my life and the ability to repent. I know I’m a sinner and I rely on His mercy. It’s hard to get straight to the Lord following discussions of divorce and annulment, but the Catholic belief that marriage is between one man and one woman for the entirety of their natural lives comes directly from the teachings of Jesus Himself. I don’t know that I strive to please men in cloth, but I do believe their presence in the confessional provides me a clean conscience with which to better serve my fellow brothers – both in and out of the Church. I hope that I can continue to be an example of Christian virtue in my community. Here’s a relevant passage from the Gospel of Luke 12:48 – From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

  11. conscience Reply

    what is far worst than divorced and annulment? is that the hypocrisy of having an illegitimate Child while Practising your Priesthood taking the vow of Celibacy. Church must not Judge the Divorced and annulled for many of us do not experienced it yet. give the sacrament of communion for God of Moses gave the manna from heaven not only for the righteous but also for the sinners.

    1. Gabriel Reply

      The Catholic Church teaches that we are all sinners. As Catholics we leave the judging up to God. If you want to receive the true Body and Blood of Christ then join the Catholic Church and participate as a practicing Catholic. The Catholic Church is open to every man and woman on the planet. Whether or not they choice to live faithfully to it and follow the teachings that Christ himself instilled upon it, is their decision.

    2. pclark36 Reply

      They don’t ‘judge’ the divorced. They judge whether a marriage was a valid sacremental union or not based on the facts. They ask that the remarried don’t take communion until an annulment is decided upon, as they would either be an adulterer, or in the clear. You know, all those scriptures that say to examine yourself before partaking of the body and blood of Christ, lest you eat and drink condemnation upon yourself. It’s not the judgement of the Church, but God’s judgement on that person/people, that the church is worried about.

  12. Margaret Reply

    Well, there are plenty of other churches that will welcome..we the divorced and remarried…..and they will let us partake in communion. The Roman Catholic Church is losing thousands and thousands of people every year. You may say ..they are not the faithful. Fine. Empty churches will be still empty when the faithless go elsewhere. The R.C. Church does not hold the patent of Christ. Other, loving, Christ-Centered Churches exist based on Christ’s true message. Love Now Another. It’s the R.C’s loss.

    1. Kathleen Reply

      “The R.C. Church does not hold the patent of Christ” – Yes, indeed it does. Christ began Catholicism and it is the Church which He founded and upon which He instilled His teachings. Be careful when you talk about ‘loss’. You are not the judge of what is a ‘loss’. it may well be yourself.

      1. Margaret Reply

        Kathleen, your words are harsh and judgmental. Other churches are also Christ-Centered. The Lutheran Church began due to the terrible behavior of the Popes in Rome (purchasing Indulgences). Look at the horrible abuse inflicted on innocent children by Catholic priests that finally came to light after being hidden by the Church for decades. What do you mean by “it may well be yourself”? How would you know what is in my heart? Why must I be careful when I talk about loss? The Catholic Church in Southern New England has lost thousands and thousands of parishioners. Catholic parishes and esp. Catholic schools are closing every month. That is the factual loss I speak of. The Episcopal Church is very similar to the R.C. church. They allow priests to marry and recognize divorce in certain situations. Choice is in the heart and to judge another does not seem Christ-Like to me. He preaches love, tolerance and esp. acceptance. Peace.

        1. Peter Reply

          Just because some popes in Rome behaved very sinfully, Luther did not have a valid reason for abandoning the Church Christ Founded. Kathleen’s words were not harsh or Judgmental at all. They were very honest. I am sorry if this invalidates your beliefs. Christ’s teachings were not easy to follow. Which is why droves left him over certain teachings (John Chapter 6). Or to say this. 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14. Christ Preached love. Tolerance is a new modern invention. Was it peace when he drove the merchants from the temple with a whip of rope? He loved the sinners, but he never condoned their sin. “Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin." “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” John 20:23

          “The Episcopal Church is very similar to the R.C. church. They allow priests to marry and recognize divorce in certain situations. ”

          This is the very reason you should stick with the Catholic Church. Who’s position on such issues have not changed.

          “And on this Rock I will build my Church. And the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

          1. Kay

            I agree with Peter. I’d also like to add…if a person (R.C.) TRULY believed that Christ IS substantially PRESENT in the Holy Eucharist, WHY would they go to another church, even the Episcopal Church? ONLY in the R.C. Church will one find the TRUE presence of Christ, to be consumed. (To coin Peter the Apostle, when Christ asked him if he also wanted to leave…”To WHOM shall we go? ONLY YOU have the words of Eternal Life!!!”) A Christ-centered church is a commendable thing, but I need MORE, I need CHRIST HIMSELF!

          2. aymamibrockway

            Kay,
            Another good post. This is (one of) the reasons I left the Episcopal church and became Catholic last year.

          3. Kay

            Good for YOU, aymamibrockway! I believe if more folks (even Catholics) really KNOW what they have, everyone should RUN, don’t walk into a Catholic Church! After all, that’s what we ALL want…to be WITH Christ! How much closer can one get in this world!

  13. Aaron Milavec Reply

    The bishops gathered in the Extraordinary Synod on the Family this week will be considering this issue which causes much pain and confusion among God’s beloved people.

    See “Who Eats at the Lord’s Table?” found at http://www.churchonfire.net/?page_id=224

  14. B.J. RODRIGUE Reply

    my first marriage was in a catholic church . we divorced and I remarried by a judge . and got divorced again . my first wife is deceased . can I remarry in a catholic church .

    1. Antonio Reply

      I think that you are on the clear. Actually, you need to ask a priest, but because of the death of the first wife, you are a widow. All the years that you lived with your second wife, that is looked at as adultery or fornication; a fairly serious sin. But all you need to do, if you have not done so yet, is to pray, do a real good exam of conscience and go to confession.

  15. Sanith Thomas Reply

    Divorced or not, they are still the children of god. They should not be left aside. They are still our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.

    1. Patrick Reply

      Divorce is a sin, confess and stay chaste, and you’re good to go. I’m in that boat. Remarry? Church does not recognize divorce, get an annulment… Remarry, and you’re good.

      Nobody is ever being left outside by being denied communion while in a public state of sin. The community is protecting them from drinking condemnation on themselves as is written about the eucharist.

  16. Antonio Reply

    Your situation is not regular. As a Catholic, from what I understand, you CANNOT go to Communion in that condition. Civil unions are natural marriages. Catholics are called to Sacramental unions. You need to prepare for marriage in the Church and after that part becomes regular, that you should be able to go to confession and communion. Your state from the Catholic view is similar to fornication, I believe, BECAUSE you are Catholic,

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  18. Laima Reply

    Hello I have question too I was married only in register office but not church and we did divorce is it mean that I can’t get married again? This time I want to get married in church

    1. pc36 Reply

      No, you still need an annulment, as the Church recognizes civil unions(between man and woman)

  19. Gil Tulipas Reply

    It is only in the human understanding that this situation of marriage each party justifies themselves that they do not committing sin. However, while it is true that annulment in Civil Marriage is a different thing from the Marriage from the Church. It is only the civil marriage when annulment has been granted is being annulled, but the force/effect of the Church Marriage is still in effect and forceful until one of either party between husband or wife one of them dies. This is the time that Church Marriage obligation or effect is extinguished. Neither in any churches canon law been approved of Church Marriage annulment. Why? this is like an indelible ink that when Church Marriage have done both parties are committed till death do us part. It is only by death that can separate the couple from obligation. So, it is clear that a divorcee individual that Civil Marriage annulment been granted cannot off-the-hook of the obligation as a Holy Couple because of the Sacrament of Matrimony afforded by the church. The church stands not to aggrevate the sin, they do no allow to receive communion while they are under such trials. Why compromise to further received the sacrament of communion when in reality their is no effect, so it is rather sound and proper to cease from receiving communion until such time comes when everything been put to proper and back to the state of grace. Godbless us! Fr. JG.

  20. Faye Ventura Reply

    Please tell me where in the Bible the word annulment of marriage is written.

    1. Patrick Reply

      Think about what you are saying… An annulment means there wasn’t a sacramental marriage at all.

    2. James Seymour Reply

      You will also find that the term ‘Sola Scriptura’ is not in the Bible, which is the doctrine written by Martin Luther that has led you to ask that question. So we are both following doctrine that is not specifically detailed within the Bible. The fact of the matter is that the Lord did not give authority to teach to His Book, but to His Church, who uses the Lord’s Word to instruct the faithful, but also develops doctrine to support the needs of believing Christians within the Church. Here’s a link to an explanation of the annulment process:

      http://www.foryourmarriage.org/catholic-marriage/church-teachings/annulments/

      Personally, I think the notion of the annulment originates from a desire to be merciful. It can be a healing process that examines the 5 things required for a Catholic marriage to be considered valid (which are presumed to have been in place at the time of the marriage) and helps identify what was missing.

  21. Stephan Gunn Reply

    When a couple separate through a civil court both can still have communion no matter who is at fault. However, the guilty party does have a requirement to go to confession at a diocese which is not where they regularly attend. If, following separation, this progresses to a civil divorce, the guilty party is then not allowed communion while the other party is allowed communion in private. A church annulment acknowledges to both parties that their union was not a marriage. Once granted both parties can then receive communion and indeed marry within the church (not re-marry as the first marriage was not a sacramental marriage in the eyes of the church).

    1. pclark36 Reply

      Each party can have communion as long as they’ve gone to confession. It’s not a matter of guilt or forcing blame on one party or another, that’s between them and their confessor. Please don’t spread false doctrine. Neither party cannot, however, have communion if they start a new relationship, especially a sexual one, or remarry, before a church annulment is given.

  22. Stephan Gunn Reply

    pclark36. I do not spread false doctrine and have no wish for my thoughts to be interpreted in such a way. Indeed I agree with the first part of your statement however I would check in more detail on the last sentence in your statement and interested to read your comments. I have been told by the church what I have written, in particular, if the couple do not obtain a church annulment. Regards…

    1. Patrick Reply

      Not sure what your problem with my last sentence is, Canon law says without an annulment, they are to live as brother and sister of they have remarried and an annulment hasn’t been granted. Civil Divorce does not remove your ability to take communion. Remarriage without annulment (aka adultery) does if the couple treats it as a marriage, sex and all.

  23. Obakeng Reply

    I want to understand this issue of divorce especially when the couple was married in a church that does not recognise sacramental marriage, what then happens if one of the spouses after civil divorce, decides to remarry a person who has never been married before but in the catholic church thus wishing to receive sacramental marriage?

  24. Ariel Leach Reply

    I am a baptized Catholic, married in the Church, divorced and remarried to a divorced non-Catholic in a civil marriage. Does my second marriage (of 20 yrs.) need to be annulled so that I can receive Communion? My husband does not wish to become a Catholic.

    1. Patrick Reply

      Your first marriage, and your husbands previous marriage needs to be annulled. Your husband not being Catholic is not the issue.

  25. Noel David Reply

    When a good number of priests ( nuns) do not live by their commitment/vows (who have affairs, commit sodomy and oppress and ill-treat people) and still continue to offer Mass, receive and distribute Holy Communion, I don’t see any harm in a divorcee or sinner receiving Holy Communion…. Everyone ought to remember that the Lord God came to rescue sinners and outcasts and not the “saints” and better-than-thous……

    1. pc36 Reply

      It has nothing to do with the priest or his vows. It has to do with what the Bible Says Noel. Read Corinthians 11. It speaks to this exact thing. Sin is Sin. Divorce, Jesus said was not possible, so by taking Communion, whilst remarried, yet not sure if your first marriage was a valid one or not(Let not man tear apart what God has put together), you may be taking Communion, but to great harm to yourself. It was even said in the Bible that those who do that without examining themselves, get sick, and fall asleep. Sounds like a pretty dangerous thing to me if you view your faith and God’s Word in a literal sense, and not in the purview of a social circle.

      1. Arex L. Pantallano Reply

        pc36: Please happen to read the context of 1 Cor. 11. Paul wasn’t saying that it’s your perfection that make you qualified to take nor your sins made you disqualified. Unworthy manner that Paul talked about was it was seemed like others were drunk and others get full and other wasn’t able to eat. And Paul by saying examine he means that: “without discerning the body of Christ” he never mentioned if you have sins. Please read the Bible and do not just hear from someone and believe you might be deceived.

    2. pc36 Reply

      http://www.ewtn.com/library/Liturgy/zlitur68.htm

      You’re trying to lay the blame on priests and religious, yet you spread bad teaching by claiming those who value and honor the Sacrements, as better than thous, and then try to pass it off as ‘no harm’ yet it’s contrary to Scripture.

  26. Barbara Hightower Reply

    why are there no drawings or portrait of our Lord Jesus Christ? Something I can show none believers.

  27. anthony nderitu Reply

    Am married and not done wedding, can i receive holy communion.