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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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August 20th, 2014 - Mike-1106432 said:

I doubt Christ would refuse anyone who came to His table for healing, comfort, and grace.

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August 19th, 2014 - George-924741 said:

John, if you can show that your spouse was unbelieving at the time of your marriage, or at least didn't fully understand the Catholic faith and what a Catholic marriage required ( ie permanent sacramental marriage) then you have grounds for annulment. John, you and I have had quite a few exchanges on this post and I am truly sorry for your situation. Mine is similar, but I am in the 18th month of waiting for decision on my petition for nullity. It just occurred to me that you seem to have grounds for annulment because you obviously don't understand nor agree with a sacramental marriage being permanent, as you keep arguing against it. For your petition you can focus your case for annulment on your own lack of understanding and discernment at the time of marriage. (My petition was for both mine and my wife's lack of understanding.). Petitioning for nullity is not about who is right or wrong, but it is a case to see if a valid marriage occurred and if both parties completely understood what they were doing. With all due respect, by your constant insistence on thinking you know better than the Magesterium, you most likely didn't understand the Catholic faith at the time of your marriage. I pray you find peace.

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August 19th, 2014 - John-1049932 said:

St. Paul said in 1st Corinthians the 7th Chapter that we are not under obligation if the unbelieving spouse departs. The Chuch should just allow the spouse who was abandned to re marry. Look at it this way: A man could be the worst husband possible, committing repeated adultery and violence upon his wife, he could then leave and divorce his wife looking for greener pastures, and yet if he can prove that his initial marriage was somehow not valid the Church will allow him to re marry and receive communion. That is wrong in my opinion. I don`t think Jesus intended that.

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August 11th, 2014 - Paul-1109895 said:

I do feel for those who's spouses may have been the cause of the divorce. Certainly it does not seem fair if they had no fault and remain faithful during the entire marriage. What I'm absolutely sure about is that we, the faithful and the laity should not be disobedient to Church teachings. If we really do believe that the Church is under God and what Jesus made law is above any law or belief of this world, asking the Church to defy Jesus is equally wrong. If it were up to me, and I'm sure if it were done by a vote, no sympathetic Catholic would want anyone to be denied Communion, especially to the innocent party. What we have to remember though is what continues to make marriage valid in the eyes of God is what happened the day the vows were exchanged, not the circumstances that caused the split, otherwise every marriage that lead to a split would be annulled Remarriage still would be perpetually a mortal sin by Jesus' own words. The point is, even if the Church were to change it's law on this matter(which she really can't) those remarried who receive Communion would still be in a state of mortal sin, there would be no graces received and no solution to the dilemma.

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August 5th, 2014 - Iris-1114006 said:

we are not judges but God is our Judge. only He can see through us, our heart our mind our soul our spirit. a repentant heart is inside out

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August 3rd, 2014 - John-1049932 said:

So Susie are you saying that the Church will grant me an annulment since my ex wife became a Buddist, left me, she divorced me, and I did not consent to the divorce? I have been talking to my Priest and he thinks that it makes no difference. However my Priest is exploring a different approach as far as the validity of the initial marriage, but the fact that she abandoned me and divorced me has no bearing as far as the Church is concerned. That is wrong and the Church needs to make annulments easier for those of us who did not seek, initiate, or consent to divorce.

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July 26th, 2014 - Susie-890857 said:

Over 95% of annulments are granted but the process looks at the beginning of the marriage vs the end to look for the weaknesses that were present from the start. While I do agree people can and do change, for the Church to change the grounds for an annulment from what weaknesses were present when the vow was taken to what caused the divorce in the end would actually weaken the process. Part of the benefit of an annulment is that folks are forced (with the long form) to really soul search - they can learn a LOT about themselves and their ex IF they are honest about it. More importantly, it can also help them avoid repeating mistakes. The annulment is a man made process to enable Catholics to remarry without committing adultery - as much as folks demean annulments, without them every 2nd marriage would be adultery.

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July 16th, 2014 - Myke-958596 said:

Moses first invented the "articles of divorce" during the time of "The Forty Years" spent wondering in the desert. It was brought about in order to prevent gross mistreatment of wives by their husbands. Unfortunately, today, it has been taken to a whole different level, allowing almost anyone to avail themselves of it. When by mutual consent, contested or not within our present legal system, it dissolves only the "civil unity" set forth by man. It does not however, cease the commitment both have made before God. There is a phase..."What God hath joined together, let NO man put asunder.." Further... " Until death shall do you part".. Again today, the meaning of "REAL MARRIAGE" because of the ease accorded to articles of divorce, has become common place. Its REAL meaning forgotten or perhaps lost in our "so-called Modern Society" Let us all remember these passages taken from the Marriage Vows themselves and yet be ready to accept its dissolution... Keeping these vows in mind, YES..one should be free to hopefully find that one person who, as did Patty and I both, took them literally. She is gone.. and even though my love for her is still the greatest blessing ever in life... I think, should another appear whom I could once again give all my heart, love, devotion and care with the same depth... Then with God's help and guidance, it would be possible to marry once more... Yet, NOTE... it would be "with God's help and guidance"... To remarry is NOT a thing to do without His mercy and blessing... As God gave Adam Eve, to be his partner, companion and comfort, then would he NOT also wish our lives not be one to be traveled alone...?

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Poll Demographics

Yes (2288 votes)
Overall Response
51.5%
Men
47.0%
Women
55.6%
18-25 yr olds
29.5%
26-35 yr olds
34.1%
36-50 yr olds
50.1%
51+ yr olds
64.5%
No (2151 votes)
Overall Response
48.5%
Men
53.0%
Women
44.4%
18-25 yr olds
70.5%
26-35 yr olds
65.9%
36-50 yr olds
49.9%
51+ yr olds
35.5%