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Recieving Communion

A Xt3 Member asked at 5:49pm on January 18th 2019
Hi,I am a married man married in the church of England but converted
To Catholicism, my wife left me and
our two children for
another man in 1973,since then I met another woman and we have been friends for 35years two years ago she asked if she could live with me
as she was part disabled and I said
yes and I have become her carer, we have separate bedrooms and live like brother and sister no sex or anything like that. I am 81 year's
old now she is 74. My question is in this situation should I still be
recieving holy communion in the Catholic church my wife is in a home and has dementia and does not
know who I am.

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Hi Harry, the only reason you'd have to go to Confession before receiving Holy Communion would be if you had been sleeping with this woman friend of yours, whether in the past or now. On the basis of what you've asked, you're doing nothing wrong, and it's just great you have the generosity and kindness to care for this woman. It seems to me you've had to live in a very difficult situation, and I'd see your friendship with this woman, lived the way you're living it, as a grace from God for you both. Very best, Fr Brendan
Xt3's Ask a Priest answered at 3:12pm on February 12th 2019 reply

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