On today’s Q&A on the Catholic Answers website was the following question and answer on whether abortion means automatic excommunication. The answer said “yes”. But I heard that it wasn’t. For example if a girl is 16 and frightened of telling her parents and the boyfriend is coercive. Not sure I agree with this, but apparently it has to do with understanding that it was a sin. Mmm, the Q&A makes it seem black and white.
What do people here think ? The Q&A is below.
Are Catholics who get abortions excommunicated? Do they have to go to confession to the bishop in order to receive forgiveness? There is disagreement at my parish as to the answers to these questions.
Despite the common misinformation prevalent today, the penalty for having an abortion is still excommunication. Canon law states, “A person who procures an abortion incurs an automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication” (CIC 1398). This penalty extends to all who help in the procurement of the abortion, not only the woman in whose womb the baby is murdered. Since the promulgation of the new Code of Canon Law in 1983, the penalty for abortion is no longer reserved to the bishop, and any priest able to hear confession can absolve a penitent from the grave sin of abortion. Previously only the bishop could absolve one from such as sin.