The Archdiocese of Barcelona announced it has opened an inquiry to "verify" whether Fr. Manel Pousa incurred automatic excommunication when he paid for an abortion.
In the book, "Father Manel: Closer to the Earth than to Heaven," which was released on Feb. 28, Fr. Manel says he previously "blessed" same-sex unions between prison inmates and that he supports "voluntary" celibacy and women priests.
He also admits that he paid for an abortion. Until now, he adds, his actions were only met with a warning from the Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach.
On March 8, the cardinal issued a brief statement summoning the priest to "speak personally with him about some of the content of this book and to make whatever decisions are appropriate."