Separation and Divorce

Separated and divorced Catholics are deserving of compassion and support from the Catholic community. The impact of divorce is often immense and multiple. Divorce often leaves a lasting and ripple effect for the couple, children and other family members. The immediate and long-term need for support and healing resource is well documented.

The Catholic community “…must do everything possible so that such people [those in irregular marriages] feel loved and accepted, that they are not ‘outsiders’ even if they cannot receive absolution and the Eucharist. They must see that they too live fully within the Church.” —Pope Benedict XVI comment to divorced Catholics, World Meeting of Families, June 2012

Parental and Pastoral Resources

Children of Divorce

When Parents Divorce or Separate Workbook and Leader's eGuide – 8-week group program to help children work through their feelings and the common problems that arise from parental separation or divorce while drawing on their faith and Catholic teachings.

Adults of Divorce

The Catholic Divorce Survival Guide – 12-week DVD parish program that brings healing and hope to divorced and separated Catholics. With the help of expert counselors, theologians, and priests, author and presenter Rose Sweet guides participants from pain and loneliness to hope and healing.

Catholic Divorce Support Websites
Additional Information and Resources