bishop excommunicates in 9yo rape case

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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 6:50pm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29531755

Bishop punishes mom for daughter's abortion
Brazilian to excommunicate her and doctors for allowing it

RIO DE JANEIRO - 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.

Despite the nature of the case, the church had to hold its line against abortion, Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho said in an interview aired Thursday by Globo television.

"The law of God is higher than any human laws," he said. "When a human law — that is, a law enacted by human legislators — is against the law of God, that law has no value. The adults who approved, who carried out this abortion have incurred excommunication."

Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao rebuked the archbishop, saying, "I'm shocked by two facts: by what happened to the girl and by the position of the archbishop, who in saying he defends life puts another at risk."

Abortion is generally illegal in Brazil, which is home to more Catholics than any other nation. But the procedure is allowed when the mother's life is in danger, when the fetus has no chance of survival or in rape cases where the woman has not passed her 20th week of pregnancy.

Doctors said the girl was 15 weeks pregnant when the abortion was performed Wednesday in the northeastern city of Recife, where Sobrinho is archbishop. Health officials said the life of the girl — who weighs 80 pounds — was in danger.

The pregnancy was discovered last week when the girl fell ill and her mother took her to a clinic. The child then told officials she had been abused by her stepfather, who is in police custody.

A similar case in southern Brazil surfaced Thursday. Authorities in Rio Grande do Sul state told the O Globo newspaper that an 11-year-old girl allegedly raped by her stepfather is seven months pregnant.

The 51-year-old stepfather has been in jail since January while the girl is in a hospital for high risk pregnancies and apparently will not have an abortion.

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Registered: 09-25-2008
Thu, 03-05-2009 - 7:38pm

My heart goes out to the family members and especially to the young girl.

Sheila~
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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 8:38pm

Unspeakable. Totally unforgivably unspeakable. The lengths these nasty old men will go to in order to control women (and girls).

Notice the rapist isn't excommunicated. That must not have mattered. He was cool - horrifically abusing a child for 3 years? Ok, all's forgiven, you're good, dude.

Saving a young girl's life? Can't have that, now can we? Then all those female types would start thinking they're actually human. Then where would we be?

I'm sick about this. And incredibly angry. And more glad than ever about the choice I made some 16 years ago.

The RCC has a horrible misogynistic cancer in its soul. Until it's expunged, it will continue to celebrate disgusting behavior like this.

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Registered: 09-25-2008
Fri, 03-06-2009 - 12:51am

Why wouldn't the man be excommunicated?

Sheila~
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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 8:50am

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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 9:13am


The church has a right to lead itself the way it wants (within the law) and if people do not like it, they are welcome to go elsewhere.

However, churches are a little different than most other institutions in the emotional manipulation they put people through - one's entire life and AFTER-life is dependent on that relationship. Throwing a person and particularly a child out of a church, excommunicating them from their own God is repulsive. Yes, I understand why they felt they had to do it. But I consider the church leadership to represent the moral equivalent of those in more ancient times who sacrificed goats or lead their "virgins" to strong city.

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Registered: 02-26-2004
Fri, 03-06-2009 - 9:50am

'let me fall now into the hand of the lord; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.' - 1 chronicles 21:13

the law of god may be higher, but the bishop isn't following it. the quality of his mercy is strained, indeed.

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Registered: 02-22-2007
Fri, 03-06-2009 - 12:10pm
Ugh.

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Why hide your light under a bushel of bears, I ask you?

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Why hide your light under a bushel of bears, I ask you?
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 03-06-2009 - 1:15pm
Completely agree. Find a different church. The extreme perversion betrayed by the behavior of her bishop... there are people out there who actually care. I hope she and her daughter find their way to them.
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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 2:21pm

Digusting, inhuman, demonic.




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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 6:41pm

***Digusting, inhuman, demonic.

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