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No one should approach the Lord in a state of serious sin (deliberate and willful disobedience) that would offend and grieve him!If one is in a state of grave sin—living in a way that is seriously not in keeping with God’s laws—one should not receive Communion. Again, one doesn’t demand that God give of himself in Communion when that person reserves part of himself that he will not surrender to the Lord through his Church.Some in this situation never remarry and choose to beautifully offer their lives in reparation for the past and for the good of the former spouse.Anyone in the state of serious sin or not in full communion with Christ and his Church.Because of the great emphasis on Sacred Tradition within the Catholic Church and because so many Roman Catholics appeal to the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, the Word of God is often placed after the Catholic Church itself in relation to authority.Because of this, many Catholics appeal to their works--in combination with the sacrifice of Christ as a means of being justified before God.If one publicly and obstinately persists in grave sin (living in adultery, promoting abortion, et al) Canon Law requires that person not approach for Communion until he/she is reconciled to God in his heart and through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
That situation may also adversely affect others and can cause confusion and scandal to the rest of the Body.Thanks be to God that Church law (which springs from God’s love) is not going to change because Christ guaranteed (with his life!) that the gates of hell will not prevail against the truth that he gave her and that she safeguards.The Council of Trent expresses this plainly: "If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema," (Canon 14, Council of Trent).
Justification is the legal declaration by God upon the sinner where God declares the sinner righteous in His sight.
But even if you’ve been civilly married for 20 years and have three children, the Church may discover (with proof) that what was assumed to be present at your wedding .