And the situation here is that a man who ought to be classed as a criminal – because he wields influence and in this case uses it to evil intent – believes that a nine-year-old girl who was carrying twins after allegedly being raped by her stepfather should not have an abortion.
This in spite of the fact that medics say her body would simply not have been capable of bringing the pregnancy to term. Thankfully, the termination has gone ahead.
The BBC told us the other day:
A Brazilian archbishop says all those who helped a child rape victim secure an abortion are to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
The girl, aged nine, who lives in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, became pregnant with twins.
It is alleged that she had been sexually assaulted over a number of years by her stepfather.
The excommunication applies to the child’s mother and the doctors involved in the procedure.
This piece of shit, the Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, José Cardoso Sobrinho, told Brazil’s TV Globo that the law of God was above any human law.
This piece of shit can know – can know – that a mother loves her daughter enough to want her not to die during childbirth, and yet believe she should be punished by excommunication because she had a hand in preventing the girl’s suffering and death.
This piece of shit is no better than the piece of shit the stepfather is alleged to be for allegedly having raped the girl and the girl’s older sister (now 14), who is physically handicapped.
This piece of shit is no better than a Nazi torturer who believes that one person’s suffering is for some greater good.
I do hope this piece of shit dies in pain. No, scrub that. I don’t. Such a hope would drag me down into the moral sewer that this excuse for a human being inhabits along with others of his malevolent persuasion.
So, no, I don’t really hope that. Even I am made of better stuff. Rather he be paraded through the streets and thoroughly mocked and ridiculed and scorned (a few physically harmless rotten tomatoes wouldn’t go amiss here, too) for his vile, loathsome attitude towards human life.
Then let it happen again on every religious so-called “holy” day, and on his birthday, and on his name day, to make the point that this man – this utter, morally destitute, malevolent man – puts belief in something called God’s law, something invented by people as deluded as he is, above the life of a little girl made pregnant by the predatory, morally degenerate bastard who shagged her.
Benson – who begins her piece on B&W by discussing Tony Blair’s “adult-onset Catholicism” and questioning why people join the Catholic Church – sums it up thus:
So the archbishop thinks that “God” wants a young girl who was used as a sex toy to bear twins despite the fact that her body is too small to make the attempt safely – so the archbishop thinks “God” is a moral monster. Well I tend to agree with him, but that’s why I think human law is not “above” but better and also a great deal safer than the putative law of God. The archbishop of course does not know what “the law of God” is or might be if there is such a thing; he merely pretends to, and then pretends that his own pretence is “above” human realism and reflection.
Grown-up reasonable people have no business joining such an outfit. In fact they ought to be leaving it in disgust, not stumbling along to join it.
But, unfortunately, they don’t leave it in disgust. And governments continue to accord it respect, listen to it, support its (or the Holy See’s) special status in the UN.
And if, indeed, these people – including a loving mother – are to be excommunicated, Pope Ratzo will get to hear of this and by implication will have a part in it (he may have to sign the papers for all I know of their insane, made-up, fairytale world). Pope Ratzo grants “audiences” to heads of state and prime ministers (and did so to our own Gordon Brown only recently). He’s treated with respect.
Would Gordon Brown care to discuss this case with the man he gave up taxpayers’ time to have an “audience” with, next time he pops in for a chinwag and a cuppa?