Abortion is usually a very contentious issue, especially for the fervent religious rights groups who think, rather illogically of course, that a fertilized embryo or a fetus is the moral equivalent of a full-fledged human being, completely endowed with rights pertaining usually to real adults and children.
This lunar lunacy to alleviate the status of fetuses gets worst when the fetus itself is deemed more valuable to the religious lunatics than the lives of women: According to the Vatican, women are not supposed to have abortions even if their very lives are threatened by their pregnancies.
& it gets worst: The doctors and the mother who helped a 9 yr old girl to abort were actually excommunicated for what is perceived to be an act of murder!!!!
Read on and puke:
Vatican Backs Abortion Row Bishop
A senior Vatican cleric has defended the excommunication in Brazil of the mother and doctors of a young girl who had an abortion with their help.
The nine-year-old had conceived twins after alleged abuse by her stepfather.
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re told Italian paper La Stampa that the twins "had the right to live" and attacks on Brazil's Catholic Church were unfair.
Brazil only permits abortions in cases of rape or health risks to the mother.
Doctors said the girl's case met both these conditions, but the Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho said the law of God was above any human law.
He said the excommunication would apply to the child's mother and the doctors, but not to the girl because of her age.
Cardinal Re, who heads the Roman Catholic Church's Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, told La Stampa that the archbishop had been right to excommunicate the mother and doctors.
"Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian Church is unjustified."
The abortion was carried out on Wednesday.
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, himself a Catholic, said on Friday that he regretted what he described as the cleric's deeply conservative attitude.
"The doctors did what had to be done: save the life of a girl of nine years old," he said.
Breathtaking Stupidity & Misogyny
The Vatican's stand in this case can only be classified as a dash of stupidity coupled with a whole lot of misogyny: A raped child being forced to bear twins when she's barely 9 is so cruel and horrifying that I can't even fathom why the church is actually punishing the doctors for assisting in the abortion!!!!!
Clearly, this is a case of misplaced priorities: The life of a child is deemed less valuable than the twins she harbors. And why didn't the erstwhile priest condemn the actions of the rapist? Maybe it is because the fucking catholic priests are committing similar, insidious crimes on altar boys??? If that is true, congratulations I say. Fucking altar boys doesn't make them pregnant.
Whenever I read stories of such breath-taking inanity, I am bound to let loose a stream of vulgarities and blasphemy at the Catholic Church: Those old fucks in the Vatican have their brains screwed up so badly, they can't tell the difference between fetuses and adult humans anymore. But there again......they never could in the first place.
Thank goodness then that we don't live in the Dark Ages; otherwise, the good doctors and the brave mother would have suffered a whole lot worst than a mere excommunication. And if I were the doctor I'd say good riddance to the Vatican.
Holocaust Deniers Welcomed by the Church
While the Vatican is trigger happy when it comes to administering excommunications to abortion doctors, they are quite happy to welcome Holocaust Deniers back to the fold!!!!
Pope Outrages Jews Over Holocaust Denier
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Jewish officials in Israel and abroad are outraged that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to lift the excommunication of a British bishop who denies that Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.
The pope's decree, issued Saturday, brings back into the Catholic Church's fold Bishop Richard Williamson and three other bishops who belong to the Society of Saint Pius X.
The liaison for Vatican-Jewish relations -- Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity -- said he was not consulted.
"It was a pope decision" he told CNN in a phone interview. "I have my opinions about it, but I do not wish to comment on a decision made by the pope."
The Society of Saint Pius X was founded by Archbishop Lefebrve, who rebelled against the Vatican's modernizing reforms in the 1960s, and who consecrated the men in unsanctioned ceremonies. As a result, Pope John Paul II excommunicated the four in 1988.
Within the Catholic Church, many Vatican analysts suggests that in an attempt to heal one rift with ultra-conservative church members, the pope is risking creating a wider gap with those more liberal groups that have fully embraced the changes and reforms.
The church's decision to lift the excommunication comes a few days after a Swedish television aired an interview with Williamson in which the 68-year-old claimed the Nazis did not use gas chambers.
"I believe that the historical evidence is strongly against -- is hugely against -- 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler," he said in the interview, which appeared on various Web sites since its broadcast.
"I believe there were no gas chambers," he added.
He added: "I think that 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but none of them by gas chambers."It seems to me that not only is the Church misogynistic, it is hell bent on being antisemitic as well.
Sure........no Jews were ever gassed. They were shipped off to utopia lands to enjoy themselves in absolute bliss........what concentration camps??? Hitler shipped them all off to holiday camps instead!!!!
Catholic Church: Purveyors of Bullshit
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage Catholics to be excommunicated. The Vatican, being a self-professed bastion of morals, clearly is a faulty moral compass. They have no inane sense of moral values, and are apt to support people who are purveyors of lies, myths and all manner of bullshit.
If you want to be a good person, the last place you will need to go to is a Catholic Church, especially so if you have to be the altar boy.
A Disease of The Mind
-"I do think the Roman Catholic religion is a disease of the mind which has a particular epidemiology similar to that of a virus... Religion is a terrific meme. That's right. But that doesn't make it true and I care about what's true. Smallpox virus is a terrific virus. It does its job magnificently well. That doesn't mean that it's a good thing. It doesn't mean that I don't want to see it stamped out."
-Richard Dawkins (Interviewed in: Sceptic vol 3, no 4, 1995)