"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,'' Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re told the Italian daily La Stampa.
"Life must always be protected. The attack on the Brazilian church is unjustified," Re was quoted as saying. He also heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
The controversy erupted when media reported that a nine-year-old girl from the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco had had an abortion to remove twin fetuses. The girl and her family learned she was 15 weeks pregnant when she went to hospital complaining of pains.
The girl, who has not been identified, told authorities her step-father had sexually abused her since age six. The 23-year-old step-father is currently in police custody.
Doctors performed the abortion Wednesday, saying they feared the pregnancy could kill her because of her slim frame.
Upon learning of the abortion, the regional archbishop excommunicated the doctors, as well as the girl's mother. He did not excommunicate the step-father, saying the crime he is alleged to have committed, although deplorable, was not as bad as ending a fetus's life.
So, let's get this straight. The life of a 9 year old child, one who was systematically abused and traumatized, is not worth anything?
No harsh words for the girls' abuser because ... ?
Never mind that his actions could have ended the girl's life. After all, what's another dead incubator in this world?
I suppose it's unrealistic to expect the Church to condemn the sexual abuse of children.
Not that the Protestants are any better. Here's Martin Luther on the subject:
Oh yeah, gotta love that patriarchal religion.
I suppose we should be grateful that the kid wasn't burned at the stake.
UPPITY WOMEN DATE: Thanks to Lagatta over at Bread and Roses, here's a link to a petition for those inclined to protest this debacle.
UP YOUR HOLINESS DATE: Time magazine has more, including this:
He told TIME that the Vatican rejects believers who pick and choose their issues. Rome "is not going to open the door to anyone just to get more members," he said after comparing abortion to the Holocaust. "We know that people have other ideas, but if they do, then they are not Catholics. We want people who adhere to God's laws."
Yes, because God hates women.