The Church believes that God, the author of marriage, established it as a permanent union.
The Church does not recognize a civil divorce because the State cannot dissolve what is indissoluble. Are divorced people excommunicated from the Catholic Church? Divorced people are full members of the Church and are encouraged to participate in its activities. Catholics who have civilly divorced are encouraged to speak with their parish priest or a spiritual director about their particular situation regarding reception of Holy Communion. The Church understands the pain of those caught in this situation. Many dioceses offer programs and support groups for divorced and separated persons.
When divorce is the only possible recourse, the Church offers her support to those involved and encourages them to remain close to the Lord through frequent reception of the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist. Catholic Divorce Ministry, The Beginning Experience, and Journey of Hope are helpful resources.
I do not understand this since I was not married in the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church respects all marriages and presumes that they are valid.
I am a divorced Catholic who would like to remarry in the Catholic Church. Unless your former spouse has died, you will need to obtain an annulment. I am not a Catholic but I plan to marry a Catholic.
We have been told that I need to obtain an annulment before we can marry in the Catholic Church.