Daily Archives: March 6, 2009

Catholic Taliban – very, very ugly…

… as are all such twats, whatever their alleged religion. This is utterly unChrist-like.

Brazil’s influential Catholic Church raged against an abortion carried out on a nine-year-old girl who had been pregnant with twins after allegedly being raped by her stepfather.

An archbishop for the northern region where the termination was conducted, Father Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, said the church was excommunicating all those responsible for the abortion: the medical team and the girl’s mother.

The operation – carried out Wednesday because of doctors’ fears the slender girl might die if she carried the foetuses to term – was a crime in the eyes of the church, he said.

"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," archbishop Cardoso told the television network Globo.

"The adults who approved, who carried out this abortion, will be excommunicated," said the archbishop for the Recife region…

Archbishop Dalek, perhaps? I would rather say that whenever some arrogant human’s version of the law of God comes into conflict with the law of love, as seen in Jesus, that the “law of God” goes out the window… It is just totally bizarre that any Christian – or anyone – would think that those doctors don’t deserve a medal, the mother all the love and support she can get, and the little girl – well: “Let the little children come to me, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven” – a Kingdom this Archbishop appears to know very little about.

Needless to say the initial rape is also totally disgusting, but there will be no joy in Heaven over Heaven’s “representatives” on earth in this case.

ABC News


I am mentioned in a not entirely unreasonable or uncharitable defence of the Archbishop Dalek decision (and a parallel case) on The New Zealand Conservative. I have responded to the degree of misconception there about my post. While noting as I have just done what may be said for that post, I also find it exposes the moral dilemma of conservatism where the indefensible must sometimes be defended because ideology constrains – a problem in all rigid belief systems including Islamic extremism, extremist Judaism, and – and what a track record this one has had! — Marxism. “This is the same church that works so hard to defend the lives of females aborted in China and India, because the parents prefer boys,” however, I happily concede. Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows I am not a feral anti-Catholic. I have been on very good terms with many Catholics over the years, including priests and other religious, whose views are not far from my own, and the good works of the Catholic Church here in Australia in refugee and social justice issues are greatly to be praised.

Update 9 March

Wild Reed had a “phantom” post on this; I hope it reappears. In it he referred to Pro Life Or Absolute Insanity? on Enlightened Catholicism. Conservatives may not be impressed, but I am.


Friday poem #6 – A E Housman “On Wenlock Edge”

Bit of a classic today. You may find a generous selection of Housman’s work here together with links to more information.

On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble;
  His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;
The gale, it plies the saplings double,
  And thick on Severn snow the leaves.
'Twould blow like this through holt and hanger
  When Uricon the city stood:
'Tis the old wind in the old anger,
  But then it threshed another wood.
Then, 'twas before my time, the Roman
  At yonder heaving hill would stare:
The blood that warms an English yeoman,
  The thoughts that hurt him, they were there.
There, like the wind through woods in riot,
  Through him the gale of life blew high;
The tree of man was never quiet:
  Then 'twas the Roman, now 'tis I.
The gale, it plies the saplings double,
  It blows so hard, 'twill soon be gone:
To-day the Roman and his trouble
  Are ashes under Uricon.

Patrick White used this as an epigraph to his great novel The Tree of Man.

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One-time pride of Journalspace – John Birmingham’s “Cheeseburger Gothic”

Australian writer John Birmingham was one of the highlights of Journalspace before the great crash. He has reappeared on the new Journalspace at Cheeseburger Gothic, but so far it is a blog of brief notes sometimes pointing to his other venues. You may like to look at his take on the Lahore Cricket fiasco/tragedy: Cricket attack rewrites the rules.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a brave prediction. The attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in Pakistan was not carried out by militant Presbyterians.

There is a small chance it was the work of Tamil Tigers, but only a very small chance. If the Tigers wanted to target the national heroes of their enemy, it would be much easier do so at home, rather than go through the logistically tortuous process of moving dozens of trained insurgents and their equipment thousands of miles away into an alien and hostile environment, where their very presence would arouse immediate suspicion.

No, I think we can probably rush to judgment in this case and blame our old friends the beardy nutters.

This attack will have the immediate effect of further isolating Pakistan and its people from the outside world. Sri Lanka were the last, best hope of the Pakistani Cricket Board, the only serious cricket playing nation still willing to tour in the face of repeated warnings from security experts that such an attack was inevitable…

See also my own post Pakistan: Sri Lanka Cricket team attacked below.

And a note on my Google Reader

My little stable of blogs was very active overnight. I have added a record 31 new posts this morning to Neil’s shared items. That’s almost four pages in the Reader!

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