Excommunication looms for Spanish priest involved in abortion
March 16, 2011
A Spanish priest who says that he paid for abortions faces disciplinary action from the Barcelona archdiocese.
Father Manuel Pousa wrote, in a book released late in February, that he had provided payment for abortions. He also wrote of his support for the ordination of women, and revealed that he had “blessed” same-sex unions.
Cardinal Luis Martinez Sistach has called in Father Pousa for a meeting. The Barcelona archdiocese issued a statement noting the importance of “verifying the true facts,” as a prelude to any disciplinary action. However, the archdiocesan statement also noted that the ordinary canonical punishment for direct involvement in abortion is automatic excommunication.
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