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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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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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September 11th, 2014 - George-924741 said:

John, the Magesterium is guided by The Holy Spirit. You are disagreeing with The Trinity, not man. This is a basic understanding of the Church. You don't understand the teaching of the Church. If you truly believe that your marriage was sacramental then you have a choice to make now between choosing Christ or choosing your own desires. The Church will never allow divorced, remarried who are not annulled to receive the Eucharist. It would undermine the foundation of marriage based upon indisolvability. All sacraments are eternal. If yours was and is sacramental, I pray that you may have peace in accepting your covenant with Christ and living a chaste prayerful life. God bless you. You can respond and have the last word, my subscription is ending and I will not renew until and if I receive my petition for nullity in the affirmative.

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September 3rd, 2014 - George-924741 said:

Maria, you are so misinformed. The annulment process is transformative, healing, and a great blessing. It does take some time to self reflect, write a history and meet with a priest. There is some cost, but most parishes will pay the cost. The cost is to cover administrative costs in the diocese. You will not be denied for not being able to pay. If you believe that you can make up your own rules on receiving communion while remarried then you are committing a grave sin and actually distancing yourself from that which you claim to be desiring to be close to. Obedience is how you show your love for God, not receiving holy Eucharist while not in the state of grace.

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Poll Demographics

Yes (2238 votes)
Overall Response
51.4%
Men
47.3%
Women
55.2%
18-25 yr olds
29.2%
26-35 yr olds
34.1%
36-50 yr olds
49.3%
51+ yr olds
64.4%
No (2114 votes)
Overall Response
48.6%
Men
52.7%
Women
44.8%
18-25 yr olds
70.8%
26-35 yr olds
65.9%
36-50 yr olds
50.7%
51+ yr olds
35.6%