Why are they not excommunicated since they are having abortions by taking the pill?
This is problematical since it is reported that so many American Catholic women today are taking the birth control pill, but as far as I can see they are not excommunicated for having abortions induced by the pill.
Is there a pill that doesn't act as an abortifacient?
How is it problematical? It is sinful. But does it negate the teaching?
They are Stanley. Nobody stands up and points fingers at them because we don't know who they are in many cases...most cases...But they excommunicate themselves by their behaviors and lack of repentance and they commune to their own condemnation.
And that is not a joke and is not something to be brushed aside. We should pray for them every moment of every day for there are souls in the balance and the harder the heart the more chance they have of damnation.
But nobody really believes that anymore do they
I think the blame lies with Pope Paul VI and his adamantine forbidding of all contraception as mortally sinful and bringing damnation.
By Catholic teaching a woman is damned if she uses either the Pill or if she cooperates with her husband in using condoms. Both methods bring eternal death. So the couple will simply choose whichever method suits them better, knowing that both damn them equally.
By contrast the Orthodox know that they are permitted to use condoms but not permitted to use abortive methods such as the Pill. So they will choose to use condoms. (I not saying that some do not use the Pill though.)
We know from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that around 97% of married Catholics use contraceptive methods which their Church condemns as gravely sinful. It is probably true that the majority of these are not bothering with condoms but instead are using the abortifacient Pill.
Truly sad, that Catholics are aborting so many millions of their young. It would have been far better if Paul VI had taken a less hard-line view and allowed the use of condoms. The Catholic rate of murder would have been far less.
In this respect I would agree with Mary that the Patriarch was wrong in seeing our moral ethos as identical.