If The Rapist Was A Priest, He’d Just Get Transferred

This makes me proud to a Catholic:

A senior Vatican cleric has defended the excommunication of the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who had an abortion in Brazil after being raped.

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the Catholic church’s Congregation for Bishops, told the daily La Stampa on Saturday that the twins the girl had been carrying had a right to live.

“It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated,” he said.

Re, who also heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, added: “Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian church is unjustified.”

The row was triggered by the termination on Wednesday of twin foetuses carried by a nine-year-old allegedly raped by her stepfather in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

The regional archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, pronounced excommunication for the mother for authorising the operation and doctors who carried it out for fear that the slim girl would not survive carrying the foetuses to term.

Yes, the twins were innocent people (or at least pre-people). But SO WAS THE VICTIM. This wasn’t a choice between life and non-life. Someone was going to die: Either the two fetuses or the living breathing nine year old girl who was forced by a rapist to carry the two fetuses.  The girl and her mother chose her life. This was a horrendous situation. No one can claim to know with certainty what the “right” thing to do was. It’s outrageously arrogant to say choosing one life rather than the other is so completely evil that the it justifies excommunication.

But if that doesn’t make you mad, (or if you think my post title is unfair) make sure you read the next part:

[The archbishop] also said the accused stepfather would not be expelled from the church. Although the man allegedly committed “a heinous crime … the abortion – the elimination of an innocent life – was more serious”.

To be clear, I am both Catholic and pro-life. Even so, that is some abso-fucking-lutely insane reasoning, even if you think the mother sinned in authorizing the abortion. The mother, forced to choose between the potential lives created by a child rapist and the real, present, independent, and breathing life of her daughter chooses the latter and is therefore more evil than the rapist who caused the whole situation? And then she gets excommunicated while the piece of shit who raped the poor girl says a few Our Fathers and gets right back in line for communion? Really? That makes sense? You can defend that? Isn’t there something about a millstone and the rapist’s neck that applies here?

“If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned at the bottom of the sea.”

Good Lord, words fail.

What’s truly aggravating is that as a Catholic, you can’t just dismiss this as the ignorant behavior of some third world barbarians. The vatican itself defends these actions. This insanity has official sanction. And if they can be this mistaken about this issue, why should I listen to them about anything else?

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2 Comments on “If The Rapist Was A Priest, He’d Just Get Transferred”

  1. Steph Says:

    The first part I expected..but the second part took me by surprise. Crazy! Maybe now is a good time to convert to United Methodist? Man, I’m glad I’m a Baptist. Ha!

  2. Squathole Says:

    I blogged about this today, too, and your post was auto-linked. The moral blindness exhibited by the Church’s position is nothing short of staggering.


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