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Tom Hanson wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was excommunicated for divorcing and marrying outside of the Church in 1987. My first wife died eleven years ago.

  • Am I still excommunicated?
  • How difficult is it to be un-excommunicated?


  { Since my wife has died, am I still excommunicated for divorcing and marrying outside the Church? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Tom —

There is a difference between:

  • being excommunicated, and
  • not being able to receive Holy Communion.

You were never excommunicated.

Since Marriage is until death do you part you are no longer married to your first wife and are now free to marry your current civil law wife in the Church.

  • Go to a priest
  • Get your current marriage validated, and
  • Go back to receiving Holy Communion.

Fr. Jonathan

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