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Charles Bagrnda wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is it possible for a Catholic lady to receive Holy Communion if she has had relationships with a Moslem man?

They have had one child together but have not seen each other in four years. She stays at home belonging to the Moslem man.

Charles

  { Is it possible for a Catholic lady to receive Communion if she has had relationships with a Moslem? }

Eric replied:

Charles,

  • If she sincerely repents of her fornication
  • is reconciled to God and the Church in the Sacrament of Confession, and
  • avoids situations where she might be tempted to resume the fornication:

Yes, she can receive Holy Communion.

If she is living with him in his house, that could be the sin of scandal but it is hard to say, with the information you have provided, whether that would preclude her from receiving Holy Communion.

We don't know the state of her soul or what counsel she received from a priest, so we can't really judge unless we have evidence from her own mouth that she is unrepentant of:

  • what she knew was a grave sin
  • that she fully consented to it, or
  • that she did not confess this in the Sacrament of Confession.

Eric

Bob replied:

Charles,

If she has not been to Confession, she needs to go to this sacrament before receiving Holy Communion.

It sounds like she was having sexual relations outside of marriage (fornication), and then conceived a child in the relationship. Where she lives now is immaterial, so long as she does not intend to resume sexual relations outside of marriage again.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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