Can anyone please tell me where in church law this is stated or is this just a personal concept of Gantley. I am referring to the part about having to separate before receiving the sacraments. I read this on ewtn.com and felt he was wrong and want to try to get the truth for this person who is trying to do the right thing Thanks.
celibate in marriage
Question from mary on 8/2/2010: ￼
thank you for your response to my question REMARRIAGE. all the circumstances were not give. we consummated the marriage one time and have lived as brother and sister since. this will not change. am i still unable to receive the sacraments?
Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 8/15/2010:
The practice of a married couple living as so-called “brother-sister” is only intended as a possibility in limited circumstances, such as due to the presence of minor children in the home.
If you are living in an invalid marriage, then you need to separate, not merely live as brother- sister. Then you will be free to go to confession and receive Holy Communion.
Celibacy is the state of not being married. It does not mean not being sexually active.