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Letters to AO

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Letters from 28 April to 4 May 2008

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Critical mass

Last Sunday my husband and I attended the Catholic Church. We were in the “inquiring” stage of becoming Roman Catholics. However, because each of us had divorce lurking in our history, we would not be allowed to join the Catholic Church or even participate in the Eucharist until we had undergone the Catholic annulment process with respect to our previous marriages. And annulment is not guaranteed.

When I learned this, I felt like a second-class citizen. The man in charge of our newcomers’ class at the Catholic Church told us not to worry because it had taken him three tries to be granted his annulment.

The Blood of Christ covers the pedophile but not the divorcée who has remarried?

I am very disappointed. What attracted me to the Catholic Church is the beauty and reverence of the mass.

So our spiritual journey continues. Now we are going to check into the Anglican Church.

Thank you for this site.

Julie Fonda
Still looking for a church
Los Angeles, California
28 April 2008

(Ed: We hope that you have found a good Episcopal church there in Los Angeles. You will find that the Episcopal worship service is quite similar to the Roman Catholic worship service, though both vary from parish to parish. The situation with respect to divorce and remarriage in the Roman Catholic church is more complex than you were told, but that probably no longer matters.)

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