Have any of my fellow divorced Catholics had a particularly positive experience with their parish? The more I look at my situation, as the 'abandoned spouse', the more bitter I become. It seems to me that for all the episcopal blather about pastoral kindness, my options remain basically unpalatable: (1) If (and only if) I'm prepared to remain alone until the day I die, I can remain a member in full communion with the church; or (2) If I can't endure lifelong solitariness, I can remain part of the church as long as I know my place, and that place is sweeping the church, making the tea, running the errands, and keeping my f*ing head down during Communion. I have the strong impression that the church from the parish priests upwards views divorcees not as real Catholics but as nuisances who are there on sufferance.
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