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Taking Communion & Annulments

QUESTION:

My husband and I were civilly married 7 years ago. We have 3 children together. He was previously married in the Catholic Church. We have come back to the Church, and I am working on my confirmation. He has started the annulment process. I am curious if us having intimate relations is considered a sin. If so, how should I word this in confession? Sorry, this is all so new to me.  Thank you!

RESPONSE:

Unless you are going to live as brother and sister, then absolution from the priest in confession would be problematic.  Given that no annulment has yet been procured, the Church still understands your husband as truly married to his first spouse.  After an annulment, the two of you would likely be free to have your bond convalidated in the Church.  Given that you are both baptized, this would make it a sacrament.  Catholics in irregular unions are usually asked to go to Mass but to refrain from taking Holy Communion until the bonds are regularized.