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Spanish priest reportedly paid for abortions, remains in ministry

March 14, 2011

A Spanish priest remains in active ministry 3 years after he admitted financing abortions, the LifeSite News service reports.

Father Manel Pousa has paid for abortions, blessed same-sex unions, and promoted the ordination of women, according to Spanish media reports. But Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona has been content to give the errant priest a “warning” rather than suspending him.

The Code of Canon Law prescribes the penalty of excommunication for those who are directly involved in procuring or performing an abortion.


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Mar. 14, 2011 8:33 PM ET USA

    Hasn't the priest excommunicated himself by participating in an abortion - until he repents. the article sdid not say if he repented. Or is there a different standard for nuns and priests. The nun in Arizona was considered excommunicated when she voted with the ethics committee to allow an abortion. I think there needs to be a consistent world wide standard.

  • Posted by: Father Fetus - Mar. 14, 2011 7:09 PM ET USA

    Obviously, abortion is not seen as child abuse there.