This last Sunday the Vatican defended the excommunication of a pregnant Brazilian woman and the doctors who decided to abort the twins she was carrying. Sounds like a reasonable application of the typical pro-life/anti-abortion logic.
Except that what the Vatican chose to ignore was that the doctors were saving the life of a pregnant Brazilian woman who happened to be a 9 year old girl who was pregnant because she was raped by her stepfather.
Yep,the regional archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, pronounced excommunication for the mother for authorizing the operation and doctors who carried it out. The doctors’ evil motivation? They were afraid that the slim 9 year old girl would not survive carrying the fetuses to term.
“God’s law is above any human law. So when a human law … is contrary to God’s law, this human law has no value,” Cardoso said.
That’s not to say the church isn’t forgiving. The stepfather, who had been sexually abusing the girl since the age of six AND sexually abusing the girl’s physically handicapped fourteen year old sister, was not excommunicated.
According to Cardoso even though the man committed “a heinous crime … the abortion – the elimination of an innocent life – was more serious”.
How the Catholic Church has the unmitigated gall to claim moral authority on anything is beyond my comprehension. Why would anyone continue to be a member of this kind of barbaric and morally bankrupt organization?
Oh, by the way, the Brazilian police weren’t quite as understanding as the church. The stepfather faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.