I was recently looking at a passage on New Advent on Frequent Communion and found this piece of information:
“In the Middle Ages, “the Age of Faith”, Communion was less frequent than at any other time in the Church’s history. The Fourth Lateran Council compelled the faithful, under pain of excommunication, to receive at least once a year”
I have basically been in a state of mortal sin for more than a year, and feeling that, were I to confess the sin in question, it might be insincere to confess since I have not been able to overcome this particular sin (and this is something on which I am not really looking for advice—obviously I know I should confess and pray the rosary, beg the saints for help, etc not to do this sin), so I have not taken communion in more than I a year. I already knew there was an obligation to take communion once a year, but I assumed I was just adding another mortal sin to the pile (one that seems endless, because honestly, I sometimes feel like, according to at least some Catholics, pretty much everything I do could count as a mortal sin). But I didn’t think I was excommunicated. After hearing about the Pope apparently shortening the un-excommunication process for women who’ve had abortions for the year, I can only assume that, if I am excommunicated, I need to go through some sort of complicated process before I can even call myself a Catholic anymore, and I don’t even know where to start.