Christina Odone, a leading (and horrible) Catholic public intellectual, is actually not in communion with the Catholic church.
Few people realise just how unpleasant an institution the Catholic church is. In order to fully participate in the church you have to go to mass each Sunday, and take communion. If you miss a mass (or commit any other sin) you have to go to confession before you can take communion again. If you don’t repent your sins before you die you go to hell (or possibly purgatory for a while if God’s feeling generous)*.
Divorce and remarriage are not allowed by the Catholic church. No one who has committed this sin can be allowed to take communion, unless they first repent in confession. It is also a sin to marry someone who is divorced. Christina Odone is married to a divorced man, and is not allowed to take communion:
This is painful, as I know first-hand: when I married a divorced man, I could not do so in church, or continue to take Communion at Mass. Mine is a painful situation, but not an unfair one: as a Catholic, I knew the rules.
I actually feel rather sorry for Odone. How horrible it must to believe that you’re going to go to hell unless you leave your husband and repent your sins.
Very few of my friends (especially since many of them lead alternative lifestyles) could participate in a Catholic mass. But it’s very strange that even a famous British Catholic isn’t considered to be a good enough Catholic to participate. She’s almost part of the Catholic church PR machine in the UK, yet she can’t participate fully in a church service.
*That’s a bit of a simplification.