Question of the Day for Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Holy Communion and Civil Marriage?
Q. I’m a Catholic, but due to some circumstances with our papers we weren’t able to be married in the Church, and another reason is my partner is not a Catholic. It has been almost three years now that I have not received holy Communion, but I go to church. I heard it’s not OK if you receive holy Communion when you’re not yet married in the Church because you’re not yet obeying the sacrament of the Church. That’s why I don’t do it, but now, I know so many people who have a civil wedding that receive holy Communion every time they go to church. This makes me a little bit confused: What is the real answer for this … may a couple with civil wedding can receive holy Communion or not?
Marife, via e-mail
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
You sound like a very good person, and I’ll bet you’ll get to heaven before me! You are humbly obedient to the Church’s indications about marriage: the Church asks you to marry in the Church, and if you do not do so, you should refrain from holy Communion, until you marry in the Church.
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