While headlines reflect the sentiments of a considerably upset constituency within the Catholic Church that denounces President Obama’s Executive Order opening the way to embryonic stem cell research, elsewhere on earth the flip side of the moral issues emerges.
Declaring that “life must always be protected”, a senior Vatican cleric has defended the Catholic Church’s decision to excommunicate the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old rape victim who had a life-saving abortion in Brazil.
Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re, who heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, told reporters that although the girl fell pregnant after apparently being abused by her stepfather, her twins had, “the right to live, and could not be eliminated…. It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons. Life must always be protected.” — The Independent
….including the stepfather/rapist’s, whose status as a parishioner remains unchanged, because, as the regional archbishop put it, “the abortion, the elimination of an innocent life, was more serious.” He’s in jail, though, apprehended “trying to escape to another region of the country… suspected of abusing the girl’s handicapped 14-year-old sister.”
Here’s your game summary and analysis, fans. The Church, concerned for the sanctity of human life, takes formal action against the mother and physicians of a 9-year old rape victim whose operation saved her life at the cost of a pair of 4-month old fetuses. The child rapist and alleged abuser of a disabled minor female has thus far escaped both earthly and holy judgment. It is difficult to duck the conclusion that the Church seems far more concerned with the unborn than the born, callously so, and would condemn to death the 9 year old victim of sexual abuse and a traumatic pregnancy on the chance that her twin fetuses could survive, presumably to mourn the mother they never knew. God only knows what they’ll say to their father/step-grandpa, assuming the fuckstick rapist hangs around collecting blessings.
The anti-abortion and the anti-embryonic stem cell crowds are different, of course, but they share one trait: this astonishing hypocritical and twisted perspective on the comparative significance of the born vs. the unborn. The foulest spore of their convoluted values are on vivid display as this horrorshow unspools.
Excuse me while I go wash my hands.