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Should the Church allow divorced Catholics who are re-married WITHOUT an annulment receive communion?

Feb 17th 2014

  • Yes - 52.2%
  • No - 47.8%

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December 10th, 2014 - Michael-988962 said:

I understand the church's position but have always viewed annulment as a money making venue. I don't think GOD in HIS infinite wisdom would ever bargain HIS forgiveness on some monetary agenda. HE knows the situation from both sides and forgiveness is Divine!

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December 5th, 2014 - Deborah-1112341 said:

My spouse walked out on me, he was catholic all the way, but in recent years, he got into humanism, new age stuff. I asked him to return, as we had received the sacrament of marriage, but after waiting 18 months for this, he continued to refuse. So, we obtained a civil divorce. I believe in sacramental marriage, and I understand the churches teaching on this. But I have a very difficult time accepting that in the eyes of the church, that we are still married. It greatly upsets me that if I ever want to remarry, or to start to have another relationship, the onus is on me to first obtain an annulment.

My previously "catholic" spouse has essentially renounced his Catholicism! I didn't. I cannot force him to respect the churches teachings, and Gods wishes. I agreed to civil divorce to protect myself and my future. I wish the church would have a bit more empathy for my situation. I believe God does.

Only God can change what has happened. I can't, and he refuses confession and reconciliation. And it seems that in many cases I know about, annulment is given 99% of the time.....essentially making it the equivalent of catholic divorce.

So, why the big emphasis on annulment......is it really a process and practice coming from God? Or does it originate in church governors?

Do we really think that all the Protestants out there who are divorced and remarried are going to hell?

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October 30th, 2014 - Marc-1146985 said:

I've been through an annulment, and it was rather ugly...I know it's a release for some but I feel the church is a little mixed up on the annulment issue...so much to debate on this subject and it's so personal I don't know if I'll ever feel 100% on it one way or the other.

I didn't get much compassion or understanding...yes, I know every experience is so very different...some folks had an almost "not bad experience" while others I have talked to not only rejected the experience but soon followed with a rejection of the Church....it's pretty sad either way.

I don't find the issue complex are hard to figure out...but I do believe it is disguised (for some) as another divorce...in a spiritual sense.

Like I said...this is an extremely personal experience and while opinions vary all over the place, once been there, done that...your definition changes dramatically.

You might think I'm opposed to annulment....not really....sometimes it's hurried through without much regard to the outcome...of course I object to that scenario and I do wish this was a very exceptional doctrine in America...a bit out of control....but hey, that's just the view from my perch.

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October 30th, 2014 - Chatz-1110533 said:

I think with the dwindling attendance in church goers, the church should be open to accept and give dispensation to remarried divorced catholics who have not annulled their previous marriage. After all, church annullment requires a lot of process from writing to filing to the cost and most especially the time to doing all these. A church blessing for a second marriage is very valuable to a catholic.

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September 11th, 2014 - Nick-1115891 said:

It is definitely important for the Church to treat those who have gone through a divorce with compassion and understanding, that being said, I don't think they should make it "easy" to get an annulment and remarry. We are already having a problem in our culture in that marriage is being devalued. To make it ":easy" to get an annulment would essentially say that sacramental marriage is no big deal and can be made completely meaningless at the drop of a hat. Do I think that most annulment cases people bring forth are valid and should be approved? Yes, I believe most people's cases for annulment are serious and should be treated as such. But I don't think the process should be expedited for convenience, the implications of that regarding the value of marriage are frightening. Lastly, do I believe that divorced people should be denied communion? If I was the priest and had to make the decision, I'm not sure I would deny them communion, but I believe that divorced Catholics (who are remarried) should willingly abstain from Communion until their previous marriage is annulled. This should not be done out of shame, but sort of as a practice of mortification and to create an greater longing for Jesus.

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September 11th, 2014 - George-924741 said:

For further thought and edification. There are many married priests and bishops within the Universal Church. It is only within the Latin Rite that there is a discipline (not dogma) of a vow of chastity and celibacy. Also, we are all part of the Magesterium but have different roles. Pick up a Catechism of the Catholic Church and start with sections 888-892 it might help clarify the Churches authority.

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Poll Demographics

Yes (2200 votes)
Overall Response
51.7%
Men
47.9%
Women
55.2%
18-25 yr olds
30.5%
26-35 yr olds
34.1%
36-50 yr olds
49.4%
51+ yr olds
64.4%
No (2055 votes)
Overall Response
48.3%
Men
52.1%
Women
44.8%
18-25 yr olds
69.5%
26-35 yr olds
65.9%
36-50 yr olds
50.6%
51+ yr olds
35.6%