Idiots Abroad: Church to Rape Victim: Frack You

This week’s Idiots Abroad Award goes to the Catholic Church.  Why?  Funny you should ask

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.

Yes, you got that right.  Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re said that even though the girl was nine years old, pregnant with twins, and, oh YEAH, those twins were there because her stepfather may have been sexually abusing her for several years, the fetuses were the top priority.  Nothing like someone who has their priorities straight.

And here’s the kicker.

The unnamed girl’s mother and doctors were excommunicated for agreeing to Wednesday’s emergency abortion yet the Church has not taken formal steps against the stepfather, who is in custody. Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, the conservative regional archbishop for Pernambuco where the girl was rushed to hospital, has said that the man would not be thrown out of the Church, because although he had allegedly committed "a heinous crime", the Church took the view that "the abortion, the elimination of an innocent life, was more serious". (emphasis added)

Whuh?

Oh, and to top off the festival of assholery, the guy may also have been abusing his other stepdaughter, who is 14 and disabled.

This guy, if there is any justice, will rot in a deep, dark corner of Hell.

Even the President, Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva, has waded into the row. "As a Christian and a Catholic, I deeply regret that a bishop of the Catholic Church has such a conservative attitude," he said "The doctors did what had to be done: save the life of a girl of nine years old. In this case, the medical profession was more right than the Church."

May I just say, right on, sir.

For severe assholery and refusal to compromise in the face of child rape, I hereby award the Idiots Abroad Award to the Catholic Church.

Quote of the Day, 1-5-09

“The church has a message aimed at sinners (a group that comprises the whole human race), and yet it frequently acts as if only the sinless can be members in good standing.  In practice, of course, since the church can’t manage to exclude all sinners, it cannot maintain that pretense.  So it has settled, at various times and places, for excluding other groups it deems unworthy of membership or office on principle: blacks, gays, women, divorced persons, people who fall outside the parameters of the nuclear family, and those guilty of some currently ‘fashionable’ – and hence usually sexual – offense.  That this is done in the name of high principle is irrelevant.” -Robert Capon, The Astonished Heart