Help for Troubled Marriages
If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart or if there is little or no meaningful communication, consider Retrouvaille. Retrouvaille ("Rediscovery") is a Catholic peer ministry organization that offers a lifeline for couples considering separation or divorce. To talk with someone or to register for a Retrouvaille program, call 443-400-7017. Visit www.retrouvaille.org to learn more.
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Catholic Divorce Myths
There is much misunderstanding about divorce among Catholics. The following are Catholic divorce truths:
- Divorced Catholics are not excommunicated.
- Divorced Catholics may receive Eucharist and Reconciliation provided they have not remarried civilly.
- Divorced Catholics are full members of the Catholic Church and may participate fully in the church provided they have not remarried civilly.
- Children cannot be made illegitimate if a divorced Catholic is granted a declaration of nullity. Legitimacy is a civil matter that is determined by the state and granted to the child upon birth. Once legitimate, it can not be made otherwise.
- Before a divorced Catholic can marry in the Church, a declaration of nullity must be granted on the previous marriage.