Kampala, From a Distance
And since the Pope has gone around Africa de-campaigning Condoms, I am posting this, though it seems to have passed the 'sell by date', in the news cartegory. But it still is something momentous, isnt it?
(PS, came accross a website where Ssempa was praising the Pope's statement. Laughed. Religion is all about the politics of living!)
By Gary Duffy
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.
The pregnancy was terminated on Wednesday.
Abortion is only permitted in
The fact that she was pregnant with twins was only discovered after she was taken to hospital in Pernambuco complaining of stomach pains.
Her stepfather was arrested last week, allegedly as he tried to escape to another region of the country. He is also suspected of abusing the girl's physically handicapped older sister who is now 14.
The Catholic Church tried to intervene to prevent the abortion going ahead but the procedure was carried out on Wednesday. Now a Church spokesman says all those involved, including the child's mother and the doctors, are to be excommunicated. The Archbishop of
He said the excommunication would not apply to the child because of her age, but would affect all those who ensured the abortion was carried out.
However, doctors at the hospital said they had to take account of the welfare of the girl, and that she was so small that her uterus did not have the ability to contain one child let alone two.
While the action of the Church in opposing an abortion for a young rape victim is not unprecedented, it has attracted criticism from women's rights groups in
Ideals outside reality. Food for thought.
Cardinal Re said the attack on
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
Doctors said the girl's case met both these conditions, but the Archbishop of
Cardinal Re, who heads the Roman Catholic Church's Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Commission for
"Life must always be protected, the attack on the
The abortion was carried out on Wednesday.
I will be very cruel. Food for thought, for my idealistic big lil sis. Food for thought.
This only works if you are not afraid to think. Or afraid not to think outside the box. Interesting. Because, in this day and age, it is important to notice that people do believe, and strongly.
Sad case? Not realy. Eye opening reality. When we 'idealists' become more cruel than the devil, all in the name of god. Or our ideals. Food for thought.