Divorce does injury to the covenant of salvation, of which sacramental marriage is the sign” (2384).Yet while the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is, by its very nature, intended to last until death, it acknowledges that being divorced is not necessarily sinful.Since this is the case, why is it that we hear the Church teaching that divorced Catholics cannot receive the Eucharist?The fact is, the Church does not teach that Catholics are forbidden to receive Holy Communion if they are divorced.A variety of support group meetings/conferences/activities are available to help those who are adjusting to the loss due to separation or divorce.
Consequently, the Church has spoken on this matter not merely in the Code of Canon Law, but also in the Catechism and in other theological contexts.
A battered wife, or a spouse seeking to protect children from an abusive situation by taking the means required under civil law to keep the abuser away, can hardly be considered morally culpable for obtaining a divorce for reasons of physical safety.
Similarly, a divorce may be civilly necessary if one spouse is bankrupting the family with compulsive gambling.
It is usually offered during the spring at the Pastoral Center.
Ask your pastor if you wish to start a group study in your parish and training will be provided.