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Divorced Catholics and the Sacraments


 All canonical inquiries should be addressed to the Director of the Office of Canonical Affairs,

Mr. Mark Raper, JCL, MCL, at 208-344-1344. 

 

The Office of Canonical Affairs cannot receive e-mail regarding

canonical matters due to issues of confidentiality.


  

Many Catholics whose marriages end in divorce believe that they are excluded from the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Are divorced Catholics permitted to receive Communion?

 

There is a distinction in this scenario:

 

     If a Catholic has divorced their spouse and HAS NOT entered into a new union they are not excluded from the sacraments – including the Eucharist.  In the case of reception of the Eucharist, they simply must be properly disposed (in a state of grace), as any other Catholic is required to be, in order to receive the body and blood of Christ.

 

     If a Catholic has divorced their spouse and HAS entered into a new union without the benefit of a decree of nullity they are excluded from the sacraments (including the Eucharist) until such time that their situation is regularized by the Church.

 

For more information, Catholics are encouraged to talk with their parish priest.

 


  

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Judicial Vicar

V. Rev. Henry Carmona, JV, JCL

 

Director

Mr. Mark L. Raper, JCL, MCL

Case Manager

Ms. Colleen Cunningham

Case Manager

Marisela Baca

 

 


  

Phone:   (208) 344-1344     Fax:  (208) 344-1772 

 

 

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