Can a divorced Catholic woman come back to the church with her non Catholic spouse who wants to join?

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September 17, 2007 5:05AM

Yes. Everyone is welcome to attend a Catholic Church. A divorced and remarried person is technically living in sin and should not receive the Eucharist until the matter is resolved. Declaration of Nullity You should probably look into having your marriage declared null. The Catholic Church believes that God does not recognize civil divorces. Jesus said, "Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." (Mark 10:9) However there may be hope of a declaration of nullity. The term "annulment" is a misnomer because the Church does not undo or erase a marriage bond. Rather the Church issues a declaration of nullity when it discovers that the parties were not truly joined by God and hence a full spiritual sacramental marriage as understood by the Church was not present. Then the parties are free to marry for the first time. Approach the appropriate person your in your parish who has been trained in the process. If you encounter difficulties, you may go directly to the diocese. Be prayerful, honest and patient. It takes a while. Joining the Catholic Church If your spouse is interested in joining or just learning more about the Catholic Church, contact your local parish and ask about information about their RCIA Inquiry group. You both can go and ask any questions you want. This is the first step in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) but you can stop at any time. There is no obligation to become a Catholic.