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Excommunication looms for Spanish priest involved in abortion

Catholic World News - 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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  • Posted by: Gaby - Mar. 16, 2011 7:07 PM ET USA

    If he really did pay for the abortions then he is ALREADY excommunicated -that's what automatic excommunication means- and all the Cardinal needs do is puplic declare that fact.

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