As in all cases, a person’s right to receive the Eucharist depends on his or her willingness to live up to the teachings of Christ and to share in the mission of the Church.

This means that those who are separated or divorced – like unmarried Catholics – are called to refrain from sexual union and to fulfil their responsibilities as Christians and possibly as parents (Familiaris Consortio 83).

For any who fail in this regard, the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) offers the forgiveness of Christ with all the spiritual benefits of then receiving the Eucharist.