SPANISH Catholic priest Manel Pousa, depicted in a new book as a complete maverick, has been ordered to explain claims that he paid for an abortion, blessed same-sex unions between prison inmates and supports “voluntary” celibacy and women priests.
According to this report, the Archdiocese of Barcelona announced it has opened an inquiry to “verify” whether Fr Pousa incurred automatic excommunication when he paid for an abortion.
The revelations are contained in a book entitled Father Manel: Closer to the Earth than to Heaven, released on February 28.
Until now, Pousa said, he has only received a warning from the Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach.
On March 8, the cardinal issued a brief statement summoning the priest to:
Speak personally with him about some of the content of this book and to make whatever decisions are appropriate.
Concerning statements about abortion made by this priest in the book about him. Since according to the Code of Canon Law, cooperation in an abortion carries the penalty of latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication, the code directs that procedures must be followed to verify the facts, and therefore this administrative procedure has been initiated.
The archdiocese added that the canonical procedures are not intended to reflect negatively on:
The social work that this priest has carried out for many years in service to the neediest groups of our society.