By Steven Ertelt
(LifeNews.com) Catholic bishops in the small nation of Uruguay, which will soon become only the second in South America to legalize abortion, have excommunicated members of Congress who voted to do so.
Bishop Heriberto Bodeant, secretary for the Uruguayan bishops’
conference, said the lawmakers essentially excommunicated themselves by
voting for abortion.
“Automatic excommunication is for those who collaborate in the execution of an abortion in a direct way,” he said.
“If a Catholic votes…with the manifest intention that he thinks the
Church is wrong about this, he separates himself from the communion of
“Excommunication means you are not in communion with the ecclesial
community to which you openly claim to belong by doing something that
puts you outside communion, and therefore you cannot participate in the
Eucharist,” he added.
The Uruguay Congress approved the law and it now awaits President
Jose Mujica’s signature, though he voiced support for the measure while
it was under consideration. Deputy Pablo Abdala of the opposition
National Party vowed to promote a popular referendum to overturn the
law, assuming Mijica allows it to become law...