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"The Church understands the pain of those caught in this situation. When divorce is the only possible recourse, the Church offers her support to those involved and encourages them to remain close to the Lord…" (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, p. 287)

“Loneliness and other difficulties are often the lot of separated spouses, especially when they are the innocent parties. The ecclesial community must support such people, more than ever. It must give them respect, solidarity, understanding and practical help.” (St. John Paul II)

Common Misconceptions about Divorce and the Church

  • Divorced Catholics are excommunicated.
    False - Divorced Catholics are full members of the Church and are encouraged to participate in its activities.
  • Divorced Catholics may not receive Holy Communion.
    False - Divorced Catholics in good standing with the Church, who have not remarried or who have remarried following an annulment, may receive the sacraments.
  • The annulment process is prohibitively expensive.
    False – In the Diocese of San Diego, there is no charge for the annulment process.