Tribunal Explains

As a divorced person, how can the Tribunal help me?

Divorce is unique among life experiences. There is no precedent that can prepare someone for it. Divorce is a process, not an event, and the Catholic Church is aware of the pain and stress caused by divorce. While supporting the permanence of marriage, the Church bears in mind the needs of divorced individuals.   

One of the ways the Church addresses this need is through the ministry offered by the Diocesan Tribunal. The Office of the Diocesan Tribunal is a ministry designed to help individuals in the healing process by seeking clarification with regard to their marriage. 

Further information will be published here often.  If you have questions, please contact the Tribunal at 270-683-1545 or

Is a divorced person excommunicated from the Church?

Absolutely not. A divorced person who remains single remains in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Is a divorced and remarried (civilly) Catholic person excommunicated from the Church?

If a divorced person remarries contrary to the teachings of the Church, he/she is still invited to participate in the public prayer of the Church, worship with the community at Mass and participate in other spiritual and social functions in the Church. Such a person, however, CANNOT receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist until his/her marital status is clarified in the Church.