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Jan wrote:

Hi, guys —

My husband is Bipolar and refuses medication. I left the home in fear of my life. I filed for separation. He filed for divorce. I have no choice in fighting the divorce.

  • Do I have to stop receiving Holy Communion?

I have heard different answers. I want to do the right thing. I am a fairly new Catholic and confused about this.


  { Does my separation and civil divorce, prohibit me from receiving Holy Communion? }

Paul replied:

Dear Jan,

Only Catholics with unforgiven mortal sin cannot receive Holy Communion. This would include Catholics that are remarried after a civil divorce (without an annulment). This is because, since their first marriage is presumed valid without an annulment, they are in effect committing perpetual adultery in a second union.

Your potential separation and civil divorce, in and of itself, would not make you morally ineligible to receive Holy Communion. Do not hesitate in receiving Jesus, for He can inspire you and see you through all your present suffering.



Bob replied:


You may receive Holy Communion. It would be problematic only if you had remarried, unless this marriage were annulled.


Bob Kirby

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