While it seems the Synod of Bishops won't recommend relaxing the celibacy rule for priests, consensus seemed to be growing to recommend that church tribunals speed up annulment processes so Catholics can remarry in church and thus be allowed to receive Communion.
Church teaching holds that Catholics who divorce and remarry without getting an annulment cannot receive the sacrament because their condition ''objectively contrasts with God's law."
An annulment is a church ruling that the original marriage was invalid.
That would put Walter's shtick 1/2 out of business.
I never understood what the burden is of getting your previous marriage annulled if prior to taking the Blessed Sacrament in your soul if you marry civilly again...
That's the promise you made when you made it.
There's plenty of reasons why the validity of the sacrament wasn't there.
You get a civil divorce - carry through with the Sacramental divorce prior to marrying another. That was the contract made with the RCC...let them listen to your story and see why it wasn't until death do you part.
I have heard of people who have been denied - sounds to me unjustly - - but for the most part - it just happens.