I found this to be an especially sobering read. I think it is abundantly obvious to anyone even vaguely familiar with my blog that I am not a Canon lawyer. But this raises all kinds of questions for me. Father makes reference to a 1983 Code of Canon Law. What if the sin took place before 1983 and the penitent made a good confession, was truly repentant, and received absolution? Needless to say, I'm a little confused.
I have been only peripherally involved in the pro-life movement but have heard Father Pavone speak many times. I can't say I can recall having heard that a woman must not only go to confession but to a confessor with the faculties to lift excommunication. How many of you knew that?
BTW, I'd ask for clarification from the source, but my past questions to Father Z have gone ignored and unanswered, so I needn't bother. Maybe some other brave soul he finds worthy of his response will fare better.