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ROME — Those who are in irregular marital situations cannot receive Holy Communion but are still Christian faithful and “must feel at home” in Catholic churches, a leading Italian bishop has said.

Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio told a national liturgical gathering of the Center of Liturgical Action Aug. 27 in Orvieto, Italy, that Holy Communion is “the sacramental act that excellently expresses the union with Christ and the Church.”
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He said that Catholics should recognize that some of the faithful are excessively harsh towards those in irregular relationships and they erroneously see the Church’s discipline “as an exclusion of their brothers and sisters.” He said that some Catholics look at people in irregular relationships “with a glance full of prejudice, as if their faith and their belonging to the Church was compromised.”
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Bishop Galantino said that current pastoral guidelines do not [question] Church doctrine and discipline that instruct those in irregular marital relationships to refrain from Holy Communion. Rather, they reaffirm the Church membership of those in irregular relationships and suggest for them “paths of ecclesial life” and liturgical participation even though they cannot receive Holy Communion.
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Does this put the wronged spouse divorced because of adultery and remarried, in the same class as the those claiming to be in a marriage lacking a husband or wife?
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Does this put the wronged spouse divorced because of adultery and remarried, in the same class as the those claiming to be in a marriage lacking a husband or wife?

This is mainly divorced (for any reason) and remarried and those married to non - Catholics.  I don't think this really has anything to do with those who are not officially married, but I could be wrong.
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