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Marti Butler wrote:

Hi guys,

I am Catholic, was married in the Church, then divorced after 30 years of marriage.

I have not remarried.

  • Am I still eligible to receive the sacraments?


  { Can I receive the sacraments if I have been married, divorced, but have not remarried? }

Eric replied:

Dear Marti,

Yes, you are!

If you were to remarry, and had not obtained an annulment, then you would have an issue the Church would have to look into.

The issue is serious sin. You cannot approach Holy Communion unrepentant of serious sin, and if you were married and living as a married couple, you would be habitually committing serious sin and would not therefore be eligible to receive Holy Communion.

If you had been married and, conscious of your situation, had resolved to live with your husband as brother and sister as you worked things out with your Confessor, then you would be able to receive Holy Communion.

It may take a long time to get an annulment. It depends on getting information from your
ex-husband who may drift out of touch as time goes on. If you ever hope to remarry or if that possibility is not ruled out in your mind, it would be worth applying for the annulment now.

Eric Ewanco

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