Sunday, March 08, 2009

God's love

The news out of the Roman Catholic world just keeps getting sicker and sicker. Recently it hit the news that a 9-year-old girl in Brazil had spent the last three years being molested by her step-father. She became pregnant, which was discovered when her mother took her to see a doctor because she wasn’t feeling well. The girl’s life was at risk because of the pregnancy (she was nine-years-old remember) and so with the girl’s mother’s permission, the pregnancy was terminated (the girl was carrying twins.) She had an abortion, at nine-years of age, because some piece of garbage had been raping her for three years. The regional archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, stepped forward and pronounced that the girl’s mother and the doctors who carried out the abortion would all be excommunicated as they had broken “God’s law”. The rapist had only broken man’s law, and since (as per the archbishop), “God’s law is above human law”, the rapist would not be expelled from the church.

Of course anybody who has the slightest bit of compassion was nauseated and disgusted by this story. What sort of backwards belief system is it that punishes the people who were working to save the life of a little girl (yes I understand that it was at the expense of the lives of the girl’s two unborn children, but sometimes life is like that. It’s not always a choice between good and evil, sometimes it’s between evil and slightly-less-evil) and the creep who raped her is allowed to stay in the church? When I first heard of this story I figured the Vatican would step in and bitch-slap archbishop Sobrinho for being stupid and a pig. I was wrong.

Cardinal Giocanni Battista Re, who is the head of the Catholic Church’s Congregation of Bishops as well as being the head of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, said, “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. Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian church is unjustified.” Unjustified? Pointing out that punishing people for doing the best thing possible in a bad situation is wrong is “unjustified”? The little girl involved, didn’t she have a right to live a life where she wasn’t being raped from the age of six? Get a grip there, Cardinal, because actually the real problem is that once again the church is putting dogma ahead of people. A little girl was raped repeatedly over three years? Well she had better put her life at risk to have any children produced by those rapes because the bible says so. Right, don't bother to think of the little girl or anything, it's god's will. Oh, and the freak that was raping the little girl all those years? He's okay. The church accepts him. Nice.

The church has once again shown that it is completely out of touch with what can only be called common decency. Some freak of an old man spewing out some crap like, “God’s law is above human law,” to defend punishing people who were doing their best is sick. So three people should have died and that would have been a good thing according to church teaching and “God’s law”? That would explain the widespread popularity of child-molesting among the Catholic clergy, and it also explains why the church leaders never did anything about the priests who were raping children. Let them have their fun, right? God’s love, I guess.

Anyway… Humouroceros

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