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

Feb 17th 2014

  • Yes - 52.1%
  • No - 47.9%

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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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July 16th, 2014 - Robert-980621 said:

The question is incorrect. They do, just don't re-marry. Divorce is not a sin, being married to two people is.

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July 15th, 2014 - David-1109580 said:

No.

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July 15th, 2014 - Robert-1112247 said:

No. The Bible clearly states that (Math 5:32) if a man marries a divorced woman, he commits adultery (and vice versa)

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July 15th, 2014 - John-1049932 said:

I think a better question is "Should the Church modify the grounds for an annulmen?" People who have been the victims of adultery or violence, or who have been abandoned by their spouses should,be granted annulments. I think many on this site did not divorce, their spouse divorced them.

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July 14th, 2014 - George-924741 said:

KellyAnn, if they are seeking an annulment is fine, but they need to be chaste, living like brother and sister, and in a state of grace.

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Poll Demographics

Yes (2314 votes)
Overall Response
51.4%
Men
46.9%
Women
55.4%
18-25 yr olds
29.5%
26-35 yr olds
34.3%
36-50 yr olds
50.0%
51+ yr olds
64.5%
No (2191 votes)
Overall Response
48.6%
Men
53.1%
Women
44.6%
18-25 yr olds
70.5%
26-35 yr olds
65.7%
36-50 yr olds
50.0%
51+ yr olds
35.5%