I am a divorced Catholic who never sought an annulment. Years after the divorce, my ex-wife came down with Alzheimers' disease and for the past 4 years has been a resident at an assisted living facility. During this entire period, I have supported her financially by paying for all her care including all her meds, dental, incontinence, etc. I also have
cared for her by visiting most days, praying for her and feeding her lunch as she has not fed herself for 3 years now. I've arranged for her to receive Holy Communion often. Her condition has deteriorated to the point that she is very much like a new-born child. She is otherwise in excellent health and could live for many more years, I'm told. I plan to continue with her support forever.
For the past year, I have had a Platonic relationship with a woman whom I have come to care for very much and vice versa. This Catholic woman's spouse passed away many years ago. We had not given much thought to living together until I became enlightened by the Church. A document ("Annulments") states that a divorced Catholic without an annulment may remarry and continue to receive Holy Communion remaining a Catholic in good standing so long as there is no consummation. This is not an issue in our situation. Twenty years ago, as part of my cancer treatment, I had full body radiation
which rendered me impotent. Also, this woman needed a hysterectomy 30 years ago. We are both in our 70's.
I thank the Lord for this revelation as it demonstrates the compassion of the Church. After 45 years since I was first married and living alone these past 4 years has been a living nightmare. This document bears the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur dated September, 2003.
My only question is when I remarry, I assume this means only civilly since there was no
annulment of the first marriage?