Excommunication latae sententiae for abortion could soon be abolished due to the "progress of life".
Pope Franziskus with Curia Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia: Excommunication latae sententiae for abortion could soon be abolished due to the "progress of life".
Msgr. Paglia of the Community of Sant'Egidio (Assisi interreligious meeting) was until 1 September President of the Pontifical Family Council. Then the family council was disbanded and the Department part of the new dicastery for the laity, family and life.
On August 15, Pope Francis therefore rendered Msgr. Paglia new remit and made him the Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II. For Studies on Marriage and Family and President of the Pontifical Academy for Life . Since then, both institutions that had opposed the papal price of "new mercy" when it comes to divorce and abortion, undergone a radical transformation and upgrade to "Bergoglio Course" (see "stormed and humiliated" - The rebuilding of the Institute John Paul II . by Francis and the "sexual revolution in the Vatican" and rebuilding the Pontifical Academy for life - Member status is set to zero at the end ).
On Monday, Pope Francis Apostolic Registered Misericordia et misera. The media interest of this document, especially the part on abortion (see "Drives quietly from the Pope forgives you" - Distorted representation without denial of the Vatican ). Several Italian newspapers (Il Resto del Carlino, La Nazione, Il Giorno), belonging to the media group Il Quotidiano Nazionale published in yesterday's edition an interview with Msgr. Paglia. It is also about the excommunication latae sententiae, which is enshrined in the Code of Canon Law in Canon 1398 of the sin of abortion.
Excommunication latae sententiaeExcommunication latae sententiae (without judgment) means that the excommunication automatically enters by committing a serious sin, without having to be established by an ecclesiastical authority. Abortion is such a serious sin, which automatically leads to exclusion from the communion of the Church. This applies to the abortionist mother who kills her child, as well as to the abortionist and to all who participate in an abortion. Only through a repentant confession and repentance is the return to the communion of the Church possible. In order to be admitted to confession, excommunication had to be abolished. Only the responsible bishop had the authority to do so. With Misericordia et misera Pope Francis abolished the express repeal of excommunication for abortion, so freely visited every confessor can grant absolution in the presence of the internal conditions. Numerous Italian media reported in their reports that it was no longer an excommunication to blame for an abortion. But the new papal decision did not change the law of the Church. Anyone who supports abortion also applies to politicians, or directly to an abortion, whether as an abortionist or as a mother who kills their unborn child, or as close relatives to abortion, or as an employee of a counseling center Abortion, the excommunication is automatically added. He is excluded from the communion of the Church and is no longer admitted to the sacraments. This consciousness, which is hardly ever developed in the German-speaking world anyway, could be further weakened by the papal decision. The resulting by Misericordia et Misera impression abortion no longer lead to excommunication, ie is no longer serious sin, is underlined by the recent statement of the Pope's confidant Paglia. It is not just a pastoral encounter against the many women who have aborted to pave the way for reconciliation with God. This is actually a form of ecclesiastical decriminalization in imitation of a secular practice of many states.
Il Quotidiano Nazionale: Is it possible that you will come in the near future to overcome the excommunication for abortion?
Vincenzo Paglia: Yes, this is not excluded. Whether it will be Francis, who abolishes the Canon, I do not know, one would have to ask him himself. It is certain that the Code has been revised dozens of times over the past decades. It would not be surprising that the progress of life would lead to an aggiornamento [updating] of canon law. This is the essence of reality. The tradition of the Church is a living body, not a blocked code.