A Question To The Catholics About A Baptised And Confirmed Catholic Who Lives.....?

.... with someone they are not married to (cohabiting): If person goes for Confession on Saturday and tells the priest they are sorry for giving in to fleshly weakness and falling into the sin of fornication, then goes back home to their partner, can they receive Holy Communion the next morning at Mass?

In other words, are members of the Church barred or restricted in sharing in the service in any way if they are openly living a lifestyle that involves serious sins like fornication, adultery, theft, abortion, drug abuse etc?

Vot would prefer that only Catholics respond, but such restrictions do not work on Y!A so for everyone else: Enjoy collecting the two points :)

14 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Confession is valid only if repentance is sincere. Confessing something immoral you have been doing, with full intent of continuing to do the same thing, does not result in absolution. Therefore such a confession does not prepare a person to receive the Eucharist. Such a person still can and should participate in the Mass, the communal worship of the Church.

    Source(s): Catholic deacon
  • Daver
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    <<A Question To The Catholics About A Baptised And Confirmed Catholic Who Lives.....? .... with someone they are not married to (cohabiting): If person goes for Confession on Saturday and tells the priest they are sorry for giving in to fleshly weakness and falling into the sin of fornication, then goes back home to their partner, can they receive Holy Communion the next morning at Mass?>>

    That all depends. Is the person really sorry for fornicating? The fact the person plans on going back to cohabitating seems to suggest NO. Therefore, presumably, there will be future fornication, and the fornicators know this.

    Cohabitating; living in sin, is a sin itself. It all likelihood, the priest will give such a person the responsibility of ending the cohabitating. as their penance. If they don't do it, the confession isn't binding, hence the sins are not forgiven. Hence, the person CANNOT receive Holy Communion at Mass the next day.

    <<In other words, are members of the Church barred or restricted in sharing in the service in any way if they are openly living a lifestyle that involves serious sins like fornication, adultery, theft, abortion, drug abuse etc?>>

    No. All Catholics are obliged to attend Catholic Mass. It's just that Catholics, who are aware of mortal sin, cannot receive Holy Communion until a valid Confession has taken place.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    After reading all the responses I will enjoy my 2 points.

    1) Common law marriages are not valid.

    We must obey the law of the land. If it is the law of the land that we go before a Justice of the Peace to get married then we do so. In some lands the government now recognizes common law marriages, it is still forbidden in the scriptures. Some government now remove sodomy (oral/mastication and anal) as a crime, it is still a serious sin in the bible, one that cannot be practice by Christians. Many Protestants cohabit it is not just Catholics. Some will live together for a year or two before actually getting married. Fornication is a serious sin. One cannot just live together and call that marriage it is not. It was God who put Adam and Eve together.

    2) When did God give priest the authority to forgive sins commited against him?

    He gave Jesus the authority but when did he give priest that authority? A priest may counsel an individual against a wrong and let them know they need to ask God for his forgiveness, but it is up to God to forgive such a person. Some people God will never forgive no matter how much they ask to be forgiven...because they have committed the ultimate sin...blasphemy against the holy spirit. Only God can determine when a persons sin has reached the point of blasphemy against the holy spirit. E.g., If Judas Iscariot was a Catholic lay member, would the priest have forgiven him? Yes. Did God forgive Judas? NO! A priest cannot forgive sins committed against God.

  • 1 decade ago

    1] I am sure the catholic couple does not go to confession and communion anymore in a permanent commonlaw relationship like that.

    2] However, if they are engaged to be married soon, deemed married already and both respect and loyal to each other, the priest could be consulted. But I believe they could received the eucharist.

    3] For other sins like adultery, theft, abortion, drug abuse - If a catholic repeatedly ignored the requirements of the repentance, hence there is no true repentance. He/she commits mortal sin and should bar themselves from the communion. They could still hear the mass and hope their senses open up in due time. If the priest personally knew the sinners, he may have a personal talk with them and offer guidance in a drug abuse or abortion. But as what we believe, we take ownership of our sins and it is only us who could make amend thru the patience of the Holy Spirit. So to speak, it is between you and your God. The priest will continue to exercise their priestly duties to the best they could for the sake of love of Jesus. The priest and the community cannot condemn the sinners, as there are a LOT of reasons behind it. The sinners are still loved and welcome to attend the Mass without the eucharist.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The person can and should attend Mass, but they shouldn't receive the Eucharist. In order for a valid Absolution to be granted, the person must intend to turn away from the sins that they have confessed and form the intention not to commit them again. Since that isn't the case with this individual, their Confession is meaningless.

    However, just because they are in a state of mortal sin, that doesn't free them from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. That applies to all Catholics, irregardless of the state of their souls.

    Source(s): Catholic convert
  • 1 decade ago

    When you go to confession, you're given a penance. Penance is an act to show true remorse and a commitment to once again live in accordance with Church teachings.

    If someone has the full intent to continue to commit the same sin for which they claim to be sorry, then penance and confession mean nothing.

    On the other hand, just because you live with someone, doesn't mean you have to have sex (ask any married couple!).

  • 1 decade ago

    Right now I'm watching, Guess Who Coming to Dinner, Kathrine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy played the mom & dad of a young white girl that is going to marry a black man(Sidney Portiere). Spencer Tracey a devote Catholic & a married man lived with Kathrine H. He wouldn't get a divorce because of his religion, but he could commit adultery & that was OK, the Catholic religion is not Bible based, it was conceived to be as far as possible from what the teachings of Christ were, it is of pagan origin & is full of pagan rights and festivals. This can be researched for truth over any computer.

    The Catholic deacon said it all when he said that a Catholic can go on being a Catholic weather or not he/she is committing fornication, just as long as the go to church their fine. Most of the mafia use the Catholic Church as a front to appear as good christians when they promote crime, murder, & may ham.

    Even the Catholic encyclopedia states these facts, the people that follow this false religion do so with blinders & heads stuck in the sand.

  • 1 decade ago

    To add a little fuel to this fire, when did the Holy Communion become scriptural? The last supper was for a select few and only a select few of a select group partake today. But then, when did Catholicism become a "true faith."

    Source(s): Former Catholic and glad it is former.
  • 1 decade ago

    If they are considered to be married, then most likely they aren't doing wrong. Legally in the United States, you can be considered married if you live together for (I think) one year. I'm not sure what the church's take is on that though.

  • 1 decade ago

    You are not supposed to receive Holy Eucharist unworthily and living as husband and wife with out the Sacrament of marriage is a mortal sin. Why bother confessing if you plan on living a sinful life. I don't really see the purpose to be honest with you, continuing to live in sin you are plainly saying to God you are not sorry.

    No one is formally barred from receiving communion unless they have been publicly excommunicated from the church. Nevertheless the Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood soul and Divinity of Christ our Lord.and because of this fact, would you really put our Lords true presence in a dirty vessel, He is the King of kings. I would hope not. Plus the Church does tell us that persons not in a state of grace should refrain from receiving the Sacrament. Just because you haven't been publicly excommunicated doesn't mean you can/should receive the Blessed Sacrament. Also by not truly resolving to reform your life you haven't made a good confession, the purpose of Confession is to reconcile our lives and to do this you can't be in the midst of committing mortal sin whether that sin is theft abortion, drug abuse or fornication.

    We are called as Christians to live in the grace of God this means following the commandments, living them with love and faith and receiving our Lord in the Holy Eucharist knowing He is truly present. it is important for us to follow cannon law that tells us one who is mindful of any mortal sin should refrain from partaking in the Holy Eucharist.


    Can. 912 Any baptized person not prohibited by law can and must be admitted to holy communion.

    Can. 913 §1. The administration of the Most Holy Eucharist to children requires that they have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so that they understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity and are able to receive the body of Christ with faith and devotion.

    §2. The Most Holy Eucharist, however, can be administered to children in danger of death if they can distinguish the body of Christ from ordinary food and receive communion reverently.

    Can. 914 It is primarily the duty of parents and those who take the place of parents, as well as the duty of pastors, to take care that children who have reached the use of reason are prepared properly and, after they have made sacramental confession, are refreshed with this divine food as soon as possible. It is for the pastor to exercise vigilance so that children who have not attained the use of reason or whom he judges are not sufficiently disposed do not approach holy communion.

    Can. 915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.

    Can. 916 A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.

    Can. 917 A person who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist can receive it a second time on the same day only within the eucharistic celebration in which the person participates, without prejudice to the prescript of ⇒ can. 921, §2.

    Can. 918 It is highly recommended that the faithful receive holy communion during the eucharistic celebration itself. It is to be administered outside the Mass, however, to those who request it for a just cause, with the liturgical rites being observed.

    Can. 919 §1. A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before holy communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine.

    §2. A priest who celebrates the Most Holy Eucharist two or three times on the same day can take something before the second or third celebration even if there is less than one hour between them.

    §3. The elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have eaten something within the preceding hour.

    Can. 920 §1. After being initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year.

    §2. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year.

    Can. 921 §1. The Christian faithful who are in danger of death from any cause are to be nourished by holy communion in the form of Viaticum.

    §2. Even if they have been nourished by holy communion on the same day, however, those in danger of death are strongly urged to receive communion again.

    §3. While the danger of death lasts, it is recommended that holy communion be administered often, but on separate days.

    Can. 922 Holy Viaticum for the s

    Source(s): Pray the Rosary Catholic
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