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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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February 26th, 2015 - John-1049932 said:

Jacob with all due respect you have never been married so you have no idea what it is like for your wife to leave you for greener pastures, and then have the Church be the arbitrator as to wether YOU can remarry and receive communion.

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February 21st, 2015 - Teresa-1185164 said:

Yes.

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February 19th, 2015 - Jacob-1171390 said:

Catholic teaching should not change just because the majority of Catholics are not faithful to all the teachings of the Church and want things to be "easier".

Allowing people who are living in sin to take the Eucharist desecrates it. Making things "easy" in this life will make them even harder in Purgatory.

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December 27th, 2014 - John-1049932 said:

I agree with you Deborah. I was recently granted an annulment, and my local Priest was very helpful. However I found it disturbing that the fact that my wife left me for no valid reason after 25 years and 4 kids (other than wanting to be her own person), and had left the Church was a non issue. The Church needs to modify their grounds for annulment and should give the left spouse more latitude.

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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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Poll Demographics

Yes (2131 votes)
Overall Response
52.0%
Men
48.3%
Women
55.4%
18-25 yr olds
28.8%
26-35 yr olds
34.5%
36-50 yr olds
48.9%
51+ yr olds
64.6%
No (1967 votes)
Overall Response
48.0%
Men
51.7%
Women
44.6%
18-25 yr olds
71.2%
26-35 yr olds
65.5%
36-50 yr olds
51.1%
51+ yr olds
35.4%