The Philippine Daily Inquirer posted:
“Well, being the President of all, you must consider the position of the Catholic Church because we are approaching these issues from the moral aspect like the unborn. Abortion is a grave crime. Excommunication is attached to [it]. That is an issue of gravity, that is a violation of God’s commandment,” Odchimar said.
When asked if Aquino might be excommunicated if he insists that government should distribute artificial contraceptives, Odchimar said: “That is a possibility…. Right now, it is a proximate possibility.”
The Church reserves excommunication, its highest punishment for erring members, for those who assault the Pope or are involved in abortion. Catholic groups claim that some artificial contraceptives are abortifacients.
Bishops don’t even understand their position. I’m ashamed of my church right now.