I don’t see how allowing divorced and remarried persons to receive Eucharist would “de facto” change Church teaching.
The Church teaches that valid Sacramental marriages are indissoluble. However, an awful lot of catholics and converts were never in valid Sacramental marriages. The annulment process is long and very trying mentally and spiritually. This is a time when graces are needed desperately.
From a pastoral care standpoint, I don’t see why divorced and remarried people shouldn’t have their ability to receive taken on a case by case basis while they await annulment. Their pastor and/or Bishop could review their annulment papers and/or simply thoroughly interview them to discern if they are indeed validly married to a first spouse or if that “marriage” was invalid and they are being barred from receiving Communion due to nothing more than Church bureaucracy.
Allowing those who weren’t validly married in the first place to receive doesn’t change Church teaching on marriage one bit.
Yes, I realize the Church is talking seriously overhauling the annulment process. But that does not help the thousands suffering needlessly right now. I, myself, am coming up on a year and a half since my annulment case was accepted by the Tribunal. I have yet to receive a First Instance decision, much less a Second Instance decision and declaration of freedom to marry in the Church. That’s 18 months of RCIA, weekly Masses, Holy Days of Obligation, and intense pain as I cannot receive the Body and Blood of Christ and all the graces conferred. I know my first “marriage” wasn’t valid for numerous provable reasons. My priest has stated numerous times that he also believes that “marriage” to have been invalid. And, the kicker, when 2 Witnesses failed to return their questionnaires to the Tribunal, I was left with 3 Witnesses who did. The Judge in my case had to pull my file, read everything, and decide if there was enough evidence to proceed or not. He decided there was ample evidence to proceed and my case moved forward. However, because of the backlog of cases, I still have no decision. My case is still “in line to be judged”. Because, due to procedure, the Judge wasn’t allowed to make a determination when he had my file in his hands!