Time Magazine claims says in a recent interview that “some say Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga has the stuff to one day become Pope.” Well, in terms of problematic public statements regarding excommunication and pro-abortion politicians, it seems that Maradiaga is actually well ahead of Pope Benedict and the Vatican press office.
Prescinding for a moment from who said it, a recent interview with a conscientious priest on the subject of abortion, excommunication, and denial of the Eucharist, illustrates well just how widespread is the confusion in this area. In my opinion, these fundamental points must be sorted out, once and for all, so that those who must apply the norms to real cases can do so responsibly.
I make some suggestions toward that goal here (the analysis chart is easier to read on my website).
Phil Lawler of CWNews has his own comments here (subscriber access – which I don’t have – needed to read the full story).