Thursday, March 5, 2009

Here's a story out of Brazil.

Bishop punishes mom for daughter's abortion

A Roman Catholic archbishop says the abortion of twins carried by a 9-year-old girl who allegedly was raped by her stepfather means excommunication for the girl's mother and her doctors. Link

I will never understand why anyone thinks the moral thing to do when confronted with a pregnant, 9 year-old rape victim is to force that girl to endure the pregnancy to term. The body of a 9 year-old may be capable of becoming pregnant, but it cannot handle a full pregnancy. This particular girl was pregnant with twins, an even more physically-challenging situation. Basically, there was no way this little girl was going to get through a pregnancy unscathed, and there was no guarantee she'd get through it alive.

But her mother gets excommunicated from her church for doing the only thing she could do to protect her daughter. I can't fathom how a church can think she needs to be kicked out for refusing to make a 9 year-old girl stay pregnant.

No word on whether the man who raped the poor little girl was similarly punished by the church.

5 comments:

One Girl's Opinion said...

I find it crazy that the 9 year old could get pregnant? And I'm filing this away in the "may not be entirely accurate" part of my brain.

Regardless, your point is still valid and true.

I just still think it's a little too unbelievable. I know we're maturing younger and younger, but nine? Wow. I hope the bastard rots. In jail too.

S said...

It does seem incredible to think that a someone that young could get pregnant, but over 50 years ago, my mom began her period before she was 10.

I won't object to the guy rotting in jail.

mikeb302000 said...

Catholic Bishops should stop with these public pronouncements about people's private lives. One theologian explained to me that excommunication is something one does to oneself by breaking serious-enough rules. It does not require any action on the part of the Church. So I think a lot of this stuff is for grandstanding purposes.

Anonymous said...

Having just returned Brazil, I can fill you in on this case. The child was nine, she was raped by her stepfather, and the abortion led to the excommunication of some of the medical personnel. One attending physician was Sergio Cabral (who I have met and is a distinguished humanitarian in the Recife area). The director of the institution, CISAM, Amaury de Medieros, indicated her will to do the right thing even if the archbishop of Recife, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, was determined to excommunicate the girl's mother and the whole medical staff. The women's forum head Paula Viera stated that the archbishop was a hypocritical relgious fundamentalist, especially after he indicated that the stepfather (who has been arrested) will not be excommunicated. Sobrinho indicated that the rapist "cometeu um crime enorme, mas nao esta induido na excomunhao." I am sure you do not need a translation of his words.

Thanks for bringing this travesty of justice to the attention of your readers.

S said...

Thanks for that information.

So the man who raped his 9 year-old step-daughter needs the loving power of forgiveness and redemption from his God and his church.

But the evil mother who protected her child's health (and probably life) is beyond redemption and must be kicked out of the church (and Heaven?) forever.

Yep, sounds about right.

 
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