Catholic Taliban – very, very ugly…

06 Mar

… 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.


2 responses to “Catholic Taliban – very, very ugly…

  1. arthurvandelay

    March 6, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Archbishop Dalek, perhaps?

    Exactly. I would say the problem lies with the notion of a “law of God”—which can only possibly ever be articulated by arrogant humans—trumping empathy and humanity. It speaks of the sociopathy of dogmatic religion.

  2. ladymelbourne09

    March 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I love how Archbishop Cardoso states “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,”…..

    So where exactly has God whispered into the ears of his holy people that this poor little 9 year old should put her life in danger to give birth to the child her step-father is responsible for? How can she be a loving, nurturing mother in such circumstances? The Catholic Church needs to take a good look at itself and its teachings.

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