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Thursday March 17, 2011

Spanish Church Starts Excommunication for Priest Who Paid for Abortions and Has Girlfriend

Spanish Church Starts Excommunication for Priest Who Paid for Abortions and Has Girlfriend

Photo: Father Manuel Pousa

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The Spanish Catholic Church in Barcelona has started the excommunication process for a priest that has admitted to paying for parishioners abortions and condones same-sex unions.

Barcelona’s Archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach has confirmed Spanish church officials have met with Father Manuel Pousa regarding his own ‘declarations’ in a book where he admits to breaking canon law.  Father Pousa admissions on the abortions date back to 2008 whereas his book “Father Manuel: Closer to the Earth than to Heaven,” came out this year in February.  The church has been conducting its own due diligence on the matter ever since 2008, though many pro-life advocates wanted Pousa ousted immediately. 

In Pousa’s book and through interviews it has been determined he did indeed pay for an abortion and has blessed homosexual unions.  He has also espoused his belief that women should be ordained, rejects celibacy and has admitted to having a celibate relationship with his girlfriend.