So, the Pope said that he agreed that Catholic politicians who support abortion laws are excommunicated. Then a Vatican official makes the statement a little "easier" on those same politicians. So, what is the verdict?
Well, this is a question of Canon Law. So, here are a couple of canon lawyers views on the situation:
Edward Peters - my canon law prof has quite a few posts on this issue, including his latest which is a response to the following article by Robert Miller.
Read to your hearts content on the issue...