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Is a divorced person excommunicated from the Church?

Church teaching: "Being divorced or even obtaining a divorce does not bring the canonical punishment of excommunication upon a person."

Church teaching: “Being divorced or even obtaining a divorce does not bring the canonical punishment of excommunication upon a person.”

Divorce may not be considered moral by Catholic Church teachings, but is a divorced person excommunicated from the Church?  Paul Shogren explains in the four episode of Marriage Matters.

Transcript:

Emphatically, most decidedly – NO. Being divorced or even obtaining a divorce does not bring the canonical punishment of excommunication upon a person.

In fact there is no canonical punishment for being divorced – how could there be? The Church recognises that there may even be circumstances where a divorce is necessary.

There is nothing about being divorced in and of itself that should impede anybody from fully engaging in the life of the Church.  

Of course the reasons a person may have obtained a divorce are a different matter.

But even then, divorcing so that you can live a life of debauchery does not bring about excommunication.

It compounds the grievous sins in which that person is engaged, but it does not render that person excommunicated.

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Written by: Emilie Ng

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