I am not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I am not Catholic, so I thought it best to post here. With all this stuff going around about divorce in the Catholic church and how to handle previously divorced and re-married Catholics. I was just wondering what happens to Catholics that are divorced. Is it a mortal sin? Are they allowed to take the eucharist? If not, do most people just ignore this rule and take the eucharist anyway? Do priests ignore the rules (i’m sure some do but is it common)?
I noticed on Wikipedia today that previous French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been married three times and his religion is listed as “Roman Catholicism” (I know it’s Wikipedia but other sites confirm this as well). Now, I recognize that he may not be very devout but I find it hard to imagine that throughout his presidency he never went to mass…maybe I’m wrong. But anyway, I am sure there are many divorced and remarried Catholics that still attend mass.
How does all this work? What is your opinion on what will happen at the synod of the family and will anything really change with it? Thanks.