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.