There should always be
a way for ANY person – regardless of the grievousness of their past sins (we are
all sinners!) – to enter the Catholic Church, provided they repent & rectify
their situation and are committed to following the Church's rules & amending
their ways. In fact, all such persons should be welcomed with open arms.
It may be helpful to
make a distinction between past sins that one is sorry for (e.g. a past divorce)
and current/future sins that one is not sorry for (e.g. willfully continuing an
I suspect the
confusion you have experienced could involve whether or not divorced persons can
receive the Holy Eucharist? To be able to receive the Holy Eucharist after
divorce, it is necessary to consult a good priest to see what would be required.
Please keep in mind
that the Lord Jesus said it is adultery if someone who was validly married
divorced and 'remarried'...
"Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and the
one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery."
"It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of
divorce.' But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is
unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman
"The Pharisees approached and asked, 'Is it lawful for a husband to divorce
his wife?' They were testing him. He said to them in reply, 'What did Moses
command you?' They replied, 'Moses permitted him to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.' But Jesus told them, 'Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, 'God made
them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
(and be joined to his wife), and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are
no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human
being must separate.' In the house the disciples again questioned him about
this. [Jesus] said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries
another, she commits adultery.'" (emphasis added)
Someone in that situation should NEVER receive Holy
Communion. Remember that a valid marriage is indissoluble until death. One
cannot expect to remain in sin and receive the Holy Eucharist. As Scripture
11:27-30: "Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord
unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person
should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who
eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on
himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable
number are dying." (emphasis added)
There are some pages
on our site that you might find helpful. For example... (click links to view)
Non-Catholics Section (defense of the Catholic faith, conversion questions,
Annulment Information (user-submitted article)
It is wonderful that
you are considering entering the Church.
May God greatly bless you.
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