Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

The issue of divorce can be a source of confusion and pain for many Catholics

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: My husband and I recently divorced after 23 years of marriage. After being married in the Catholic Church our relationship started out strong, but as the years went by we became estranged and lived as strangers in the same house. We decided to divorce each other last year. I heard that the church teaches that divorced Catholics should not receive Communion. Is this true?

Cardinal calls to maintain, yet reinterpret, doctrine to help families

VATICAN CITY
By Carol Glatz

In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a "renewed" interpretation of church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said.

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