I’m distressed and outraged by the Church’s excommunication of women who have had abortions. It is true that abortion is one of the most horrible of moral crimes. How can you kill your own offspring? How can you depirve an embryonic future person of his or her whole life? How wretched is the ‘it’s only a bunch of cells’ argument as if the fetus were no more than a bag of ping pong balls. Thank God for the Church’s stedfastness on this issue. I’d want to be a Catholic on this ground alone. Yet the greater the sin the more the Church should cherish and love the sinner and clutch her to its bosom. How strange that after all this time the Church still hasn’t got the message.