This is entirely in keeping with the Catechism’s teaching that “anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to Communion” (1385).It is important to note that at issue here is not only a Catholic’s own personal,, visible status in the Church, that may be known by other members of the faithful as well.If there is no reflection, as can happen sometimes when an impure action occurs without any forethought or intention at all, one does not sin mortally.
Such persons are hardly excluded from the sacraments simply because their spouses chose to divorce them.
There are other situations in which a Catholic spouse might very well find that divorce is, unfortunately, the best way to resolve a difficult situation.
Theologically, we Catholics know that we should not receive the Eucharist when we are in a state of grave sin.
Does the fact that a Catholic is divorced, in and of itself, constitute a mortal sin? The Catechism of the Catholic Church does, it is true, give us a general theological norm about divorce in general, noting rightly that “Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law….
–Sean A: The issue of who may, and who may not, receive the Eucharist lawfully is a canonical question with deep theological roots.
Consequently, the Church has spoken on this matter not merely in the Code of Canon Law, but also in the Catechism and in other theological contexts.There is a considerable difference between a spouse who has sincerely tried to be faithful to the sacrament of marriage and is unjustly abandoned, and one who through his own grave fault destroys a canonically valid marriage (2386).Therefore one can and certainly does encounter sincerely devout, practicing Catholics who happen to be divorced.What if they continue doing what they know causes them to sin gravely?Then that too would be sinful, since intentionally putting oneself in an occasion of sin is a sign that one is willing to flirt with disaster—one is willing to sin, if it “just happens.” Never seek out anything solely for the pleasure it brings to us.By near occasion of sin we mean anything that “sets the stage” TO sin.