Vatican City, Jul 27, 2005 / 22:00 pm
Speaking to clergy of the Diocese of Aosta, Italy on Monday, Pope Benedict addressed the difficult question of divorced Catholics who have remarried, a situation he described as "particularly painful."
The Holy Father discussed the "situation of those who married in Church out of tradition, without being true believers; then, finding themselves in a new and non-valid marriage, they convert, find faith, and feel excluded from the Sacrament (of the Eucharist)."
Many Catholics have either been falsely taught about Church teaching on marriage or succumbed to societal pressure to divorce and feel disenfranchised by the teaching that divorced Catholics cannot receive communion until they reconcile with the Church.
Others fail to understand the nature of annulment and simply see it as “Catholic divorce,” thereby choosing not to seek it.