From the BBC
Cardinal Re said the attack on Brazil’s Catholic Church was unjustified
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.
(HH: but this goon in robes can’t see that twins in a NINE year old just might be a serious health risk to the girl? This decision is worthy of a Saudi Imam!)
It comes a day after Brazil’s president criticised the Brazilian archbishop who excommunicated the people involved.
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.
(HH: This man needs to be removed from the Church not given approval by the Vatican. Any good points the Pope got for his stand against Bishop Williamson just went right out the window and a few more besides! This is just disgusting.)
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
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re
“It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated,” he said.
(HH: How is this man less of a pedophilic control freak than Mohamed? Why doesn’t he just convert to Islam and move to Sudan! If the Pope doesn’t reverse this there is going to be a HUGE backlash. Opposition is one thing, excommunication is another.)
“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.
The girl, who lives in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, was allegedly sexually assaulted over a number of years by her stepfather, possibly since she was six.
The fact that she was four months’ 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 14-year-old sister.