Are Divorcees allowed to receive Holy Communion?

The Article “Catholic church prepares for conflict on allowing Holy Communion for divorcees” openly talks about the conflict between divorcees and remarried individuals in the Catholic Church, this topic is a sensitive issue and there appears to be many misunderstandings.

Speculations have been made that the leadership for the Roman Catholic Church will alleviate its ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving the Holy Communion. This alleviation will have an impact on many people around the world. This issue is brought forth before the start of an October meeting in relation to allowing people to access “sacraments after a period of ‘penance’ according to a German Cardinal by the name of Walter Kasper.

Kasper’s point of view has been seen as a solution to the ‘problem’ and the disconnect that exists with divorcees and the Catholic religion. He is proposing to look past them and tolerate them, allowing those individuals who are Catholic and divorced to go to confession and Communion on a regular basis.

The Catholic religion does not accept the concept of Divorce. It is written in Canon law that a person, who divorces their spouse except for sexual immorality and marries another, commits adultery. The sixth commandment for Catholics is “ Thou shalt not commit adultery”. They therefore prohibit divorces, it is also important to mention that they do accept annulments to better understand the issue. An annulment is allowed under a narrow set of circumstances. The conditions for annulment means that the sacrament did not take place due to a sort of impediment. Marriage for Catholics is considered a sacrament “instituted by God and Christ indissoluble by mere human action”. The most prominent word here is indissoluble, it is eternal, everlasting; which is why the Catholic community treats divorcees a certain way.

A book is to be released the first of October, which was written by five Cardinals who oppose Kasper’s view. The Cardinals state that by looking past them it ignores the status of the original marriage and bring into question the already existent Catholic point of view on the issue.

The Roman Catholic Church is the longest surviving organization in the world; it is an organization like many others based on certain rules and law by a large population of the world abide by. As such this organization has a set of values and beliefs which people acknowledge by living a certain way of life, therefore it is a worldview, which was either acquired by birth or by understanding and relating to the Catholic Religion.

The opposition of Kasper’s way to solve the problem shows that the Catholic religion itself is having divergent political views with regards to the problem, the longest standing organization in the world is publically and openly disagreeing on issues that have been satisfied by Canon law.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/catholic-church-conflict-over-communion-for-remarried-catholics

http://bit.ly/1yiccQ9

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2 thoughts on “Are Divorcees allowed to receive Holy Communion?

  1. This blog is very well explained! I believe that although divorce is frowned upon in the Roman Catholic church, every individual should be aloud to receive communion. Through modernization, the world has changed, getting a divorce is no longer an uncommon thing. It is unfair to punish individuals just because they realized that they were unhappy in their marriage. If the marriage is not true love and is not happy, then the church should be supporting the individuals to pursue their happiness. I agree with Kasper’s point of view. Because it is frowned upon to divorce in the catholic church, you should be able to confession and communion to make things better. Just like how telling a lie is frowned upon in the catholic church. If you tell a lie you are able to go to confession and still receive communion. Individuals who get divorced should be allowed to as well.

  2. This blog is very well explained! I believe that although divorce is frowned upon in the Roman Catholic church, every individual should be aloud to receive communion. Through modernization, the world has changed, getting a divorce is no longer an uncommon thing. It is unfair to punish individuals just because they realized that they were unhappy in their marriage. If the marriage is not true love and is not happy, then the church should be supporting the individuals to pursue their happiness. I agree with Kasper’s point of view. Because it is frowned upon to divorce in the catholic church, you should be able to confession and communion to make things better. Just like how telling a lie is frowned upon in the catholic church. If you tell a lie you are able to go to confession and still receive communion. Individuals who get divorced should be allowed to as well.

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