05 March 2009

The comfort of religion.

According to the beeb (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7926694.stm), "A Brazilian archbishop says all those who helped a child rape victim secure an abortion are to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church."
The little girl is 9. She was impregnated with twins by her step-father, who had been raping her since she was 6. He also raped her handicapped sister.
Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho won't excommunicate the girl, because of her age. But her mother and the doctors will be excommunicated, even though the abortion was legal under Brazilian law due to the horrifying circumstances. The medical team determined the little girl was physically incapable of carrying one child to term, much less two. 
This is not a relevant to the archbishop. "The law of God is above any human law."
Ah, yes. Well then, archbishop, why not excommunicate the child-raping father too? Had he not been violating the laws of man, nobody else would have had to violate the law of God.

2 chimed in:

J9 said...

This makes my stomach really ill. I agree that the Mother should be excommunicated, but not for taking her daughter in for the abortion, but rather for allowing this to happen in her home - to both of her daughters. Unfortunately, in many countries, women are second class citizens, and treated as propoerty to do with whatever the head of household sees fit.

F said...

Your mistake is trying to use basic human empathy and VERY basic logic and apply it to religious behavior.Religion is the absence of logic, therefore we have this situation.

oh yeah, nice site.