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Jennifer T. wrote:

Hi, guys —

I would like clarification on the Catholic Church laws regarding my ex-husband's receiving
Holy Communion after remarrying another woman, who is of the Episcopal faith. She also receives Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.

An annulment has never taken place.



  { On my Ex— receiving Holy Communion after remarrying another woman, who is Episcopalian. }

Paul replied:

Dear Jennifer,

It seems there may be sacrilege occurring on two counts here. If your (ex)husband married you sacramentally in the Catholic Church and has not received an annulment, your marriage to him is still assumed to be valid. Therefore his presumed objective adultery is the matter of mortal sin and his

  • receiving Holy Communion without Confession, and
  • alteration of his life

would be a sacrilege.

She, as an Episcopalian, cannot receive Holy Communion in the Catholic Church because:

  1. Communion signifies that there is belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the sacred Communion Host, and
  2. there is no division (of belief) in the Catholic faith among the believers receiving.

Therefore, a non-Catholic cannot receive in a Catholic Church for at least one of those two reasons.



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