Gerald (Jerry) Zezas

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Humanity, Ideology, and Little Girls

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There was recently an occurrence in Brazil that illustrates among other things, the extraordinary chasm between genuine humanity and religious ideology. This particular event is so odious, so repulsive, so buried in that category of things that we know can happen, but never expect will, that I’ve also provided 3 different links to the story, lest any of my readers think it is merely hearsay.

A 23-year-old step-father in Pernambuco, Brazil, has been arrested following his repeated rape of his step-daughter, who is 9 years old. The abuse has been allegedly been happening since she was 6 years old.

No, dear readers, this isn’t the worst of it…

The girl had been at the doctor for a for severe stomach pains when it was discovered that she was pregnant…with twins.

Nope, we’re still not there yet…

The hospital, citing the fact that the girl’s hips and lower body were not developed enough to even consider letting her give birth, aborted both fetuses, with the consent of the girl’s mother. The little girl was 4 months pregnant.

It’s about to get worse…

Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, the conservative regional archbishop for Pernambuco, ordered that both the mother of the child and the doctor who performed the abortion be excommunicated for their role in saving the child’s life. The little girl was not excommunicated since she is considered not to have any culpability due to her age.

Here’s the really, really, bad part…

The step-father was not excommunicated by the church. Rape is apparently something for which one can receive absolution through the Sacrament of Penance in the Catholic Church, but abortion, even for a 9-year-old for whom taking the pregnancy to term would have been a certain death sentence, is not.

When questioned about this issue, Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re, who heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, justified the actions of the archbishop by saying that the girl could have taken the pregnancy to term, then “simply had a Cesarean section”, thereby sparing the life of the fetuses, so unnaturally and degenerately implanted in her by the step-father.

Subsequently, according to Church doctrine, this man would simply have to go to confession, say some Hail Marys, and be forever forgiven for what he had done. Neither the girl’s mother nor the doctor who made the decision to save her life would ever have that option again.

Contrary to my regular postings, I will offer no commentary. Nothing I can say will add any further dimensionality to this story. I will only say that those of you who are more repulsed by the event than the ideology behind it are the agents of its perpetuation.

http://www.politicalforum.com/abortion/249132-brazil-rocked-abortion-9-year-old-rape-victim-church-excommunicates-family.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/03/05/us-brazil-abortion-idUSTRE5247DU20090305

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1883598,00.html

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