May a Catholic receive Holy Communion after marrying outside the Church?

If somebody marries a non-Catholic who has been divorced and has not gotten an annulment…

…can that somebody still receive communion?

Dear Stones,

No. The Church acknowledges the marriages of non-Catholics as valid. To marry such a person without the marriage being declared null by the Catholic Church is to marry someone who is still married. That is adultery and a mortal sin. Besides, such a marriage could not take place in a Catholic Church. So the Catholic would have gotten married outside of the Catholic Church—also a mortal sin.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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