Status of divorced individuals in the Catholic Church


Catholics who are divorced but have not unlawfully entered another marriage are encouraged to practice their faith fully, including participation in the sacraments. Divorced Catholics who have not remarried outside the Church are full members of the Church with the same rights as those of any other Catholic. Catholics who are divorced and have remarried without a declaration of invalidity of their previous marriage are not free to receive the sacraments but are encouraged to practice their faith within the context of a Catholic faith community to the extent that they are able.




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