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Standing ovation for excommunicated doctor in Brazil

posted by deacon greg kandra

This story just refuses to die down.

The Brazilian doctor who performed an abortion on a nine-year-old rape victim is now being hailed as a hero:

A doctor excommunicated by the Catholic Church for performing an abortion on a 9-year-old rape victim received a standing ovation during a national convention on women’s health, according to a local media report.

The response came during the opening ceremony of an event hosted by Brazilian Minister of Health Jose Gomes Temporao.

The newspaper O Povo reported that Temporao called on the audience to acknowledge the “brilliant” work done by a medical team in the abortion, performed in Brazil’s northeastern city of Recife.

The girl was pregnant with twins after being raped, allegedly by her stepfather, police were quoted in media reports as saying. The abuse had gone on since the girl was 6, authorities said.

The abortion was performed March 4 during the fourth month of pregnancy, according to media reports

Archbishop Don Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of Recife excommunicated the doctor, the child’s mother and the medical team involved in the procedure.

However, the stepfather was not excommunicated, with Sobrinho telling Globo TV that, “A graver act than (rape) is abortion, to eliminate an innocent life.”

The child was not excommunicated, Sobrinho said, because Catholic Church law says minors are exempt from excommunication.

“The church is benevolent when it comes to minors,” he told Globo TV. “As for the adults, especially those who approved it, performed this abortion, the excommunication is applicable.”

“God’s law is above human laws,” Sobrinho said.

The case has outraged the Brazilian public and fueled a controversy reaching the highest levels of church and state in a nation whose law bans abortion except in cases of rape.

Temporao recently said doctors must put law before religion.

“The question posed is very simple. There is a Brazilian law which states that a pregnancy can be interrupted in case of rape,” Temporao said.

“It is legitimate for the church to have its dogmas, but these dogmas must not be imposed on society as a whole,” he added.

Earlier, a verbal spat ensued between President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the archbishop over the church’s decision.

“As a Christian and a Catholic, I find it deeply lamentable that a bishop of the Catholic Church has such a conservative attitude,” Lula said on Globo TV.

“In this case, the medical profession was more right than the church,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Vatican cleric told Italy’s La Stampa newspaper that he supports the Brazilian archbishop’s decision to excommunicate all involved in the abortion except for the child.

Dr. Olimpio Moraes, one of the doctors involved in the procedure, said he thanked the archbishop for his excommunication because the controversy sheds light on Brazil’s restrictive abortion laws. He said women in Brazil’s countryside are victimized by Brazil’s ban on abortion.

Some of the doctors vowed to continue attending church services, despite being expelled.

“The fact that I was excommunicated will not keep me from going to Mass, praying, conversing with God, and asking him to illuminate me and my colleagues in our medical team to help us take care of people in similar cases,” one doctor said.

PHOTO: Archbishop Don Jose Cardoso Sobrinho /Getty Images



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Klaire

posted March 11, 2009 at 11:44 am


For any who still feel (despite the Vatican confirming the decision) that the abortion and or excommunication was wrong, perhaps consider the following.In the last 48 hours, the leader of the free world, OUR president, enacted into law “open season” on human embryos. Never mind that it doesn’t work and bit the dust almost 2 years ago by every major stem cell lab in the world, replaced by ethical iPS technology.Where’s the outrage America?So why, also in the past 48 hours, should we be surprised to read about mass killings when culture and laws allow “mass killing in the womb.”Thank God for the unwavering voice of the Catholic Church! As harsh as it “appears”, I continue to stand behind the decision, IMO, necessary for the times and culutre in which we live.And of course, continued compassion and prayers for all involved.



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Patm

posted March 11, 2009 at 11:51 am


We need more pastoral pastors.Whether the bishop was right or wrong, he could have handled all of this much better. He has all the tact of a hammer, and comes off as uncompassionate, unfeeling and rather coarse. He may have done the “right” thing according to canon law, but he did the church no favors with his brusque manner and his inability to bring a note of compassion and “HEALING” into this affair.



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Peregrinus

posted March 11, 2009 at 1:13 pm


I was under the impression that even the Catholic Church accepted that abortion was permissible in cases where the mother would otherwise end up dead from the pregnancy. I believe this was what occurred in this case, the doctors having determined that the girl was too small to survive the pregnancy (which would have resulted in three deaths instead of two). Perhaps the bishop disagreed with the doctor’s assessment, but then perhaps he does not hold a medical degree? Could someone fill me in on whether this girl’s life was indeed at stake, and whether the Church would want her to die from the pregnancy rather than abort if that were indeed the case?



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Dr. Linda Shookster

posted March 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm


Why did the Bishop ignore the stepfather’s heinous acts???



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Chris Sullivan

posted March 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm


I think this bishop and the curia officials who backed him up didn’t just look hard hearted and un-compassionate.They were hard hearted and un-compassionate.They were also theologically wrong and teaching against clear Catholic teaching.An operation to save a mothers life is not an abortion.It’s just an operation to save a mothers life.See John Paul II’s infallible teaching in Evangelium Vitae, 62, which clearly teaches that only direct abortions are against Catholic moral teaching.Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, in communion with the Bishops—who on various occasions have condemned abortion and who in the aforementioned consultation, albeit dispersed throughout the world, have shown unanimous agreement concerning this doctrine—I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being.This case was not a direct abortion and was not an abortion willed as an end or as a means.It was just an operation to save a mothers life and unfortunately we don’t yet have the medical technology to save the babies lives. Maybe one day we will.God Bless



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adriano

posted March 11, 2009 at 2:13 pm


Dr linda,he didnt ignore



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Katherine

posted March 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm


Patm makes a good point. Technical correctness in canon law is not the only viture. This is similiar to the Willmson fiasco, when the Vatican should have issued a strong condemnation of anti-Semitism AT THE SAME TIME AND ALONG WITH the reversal of the excomunication. Issuing a public statement of excommunication with SILENCE on the abusive step-father is a scandal.



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Mr. Basso

posted March 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm


The closing statement of the article (by one of the doctors) is actually quite reassuring. Hopefully anyone excommunicated would do precisely as described – to continue to pray and even attend mass (of course, not taking communion) until such time as the grace to seek forgiveness and to be reconciled comes to fruition.



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RobKPhD

posted March 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm


PatM and Katherine are NOT correct. We need bishops who are willing to stand and speak the truth no matter how much they are ridiculed and persecuted by those outside the Church and dissidents inside the Church.The quiet “pastoral” approach has produced the vulgarities we see today where a person can flaunt their disagreement with the Church.These doctors are sickening for what they did and how they refuse to listen to their bishops.The time is upon us to stand up for our faith and be counted. Sitting on the sidelines because we don’t want to make a fuss is NOT the proper response. And neither is taking shots at faithful bishops.



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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted March 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm


RobK … I can appreciate your sentiments. But personally, I stand by my comment in the earlier post: There was a better, more charitable, more compassionate way of approaching this subject with both moral clarity and Christian love. He could have said, “This is a heartbreaking situation and I want to meet personally with those affected to bring them back into the fullness of the faith. Abortion can never be an option for a believing Catholic. It is a grave evil, and I can’t condone what they did. But the church needs to be there for them during this terrible time. And we need to find ways to help others in similar situations. Otherwise, I think this matter is best addressed between those involved and their confessors.” Instead, the Archbishop said — almost literally — “To hell with them.” As an old hymn puts it: there is a wideness in God’s mercy. We need to remind people of that, especially during a traumatic time like this, instead of compounding their pain. How many other souls has the Archbishop driven from the Church because of his callous and insensitive comments? He may have been canonically and morally correct, but he made a bad situation worse. This was a teachable moment. But I’m afraid that what he taught is that the Church, as an institution, can be merciless. There had to have been a better way to handle this.



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Peregrinus

posted March 11, 2009 at 5:24 pm


Hey Deacon, Was the girl going to die if she went through with the pregnancy? It seems as though the doctors thought so.



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Joseph Gaynor

posted March 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm


I agree with Deacon Greg. This was a teachable moment that should have been steeped uin compassion.



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RobKPhD

posted March 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm


The problem with the quiet approach is that it increases scandal. In our own country, scandal abounds. At some point, we must stand up and speak as to what is write and what is wrong.Btw, abortion results in automatic excommunication – that is true here in the US as well. Excommunication is something that calls someone to repentance. When the quiet approach has failed we must act more boldly. Looking at the state of the world in this case and in our all of western society, I suggest that it has failed.To not act, and to do so publicly is to invite and encourage scandal. That is what we have here in this country with the defiance expressed by politicians who claim to be Catholic. Because our bishops did not speaking for so many years, these people have grown deaf. The Church is in very real danger, from without and within and we must stand up and speak. This bishop is taking a stand – showing a bit of backbone. We need to support these bishops.Or we can talk about being pastoral, have a cup of tea, and agree to disagree. I think that was the tack Speaker Pelosi’s bishop took after her public issues. Sorry, deacon, “pastoral” is too often the catch phrase for cop-out.



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Greta

posted March 11, 2009 at 7:04 pm


Deacon, do you have more information than what we see in the newspaper in this case? I am not sure that more did not happen behind the scenes and have absolutely no trust in the media in regard to anything about the Catholic Church or abortion. It has happened over and over again in almost every story that they get it wrong or report lies. Until we know everything, how are we to judge? What is known is that abortion is evil and we are living in the worst holocaust in human history with 50 million dead. Your headline that this story does not seem to want to die is correct for it is being sent out that abortion is really about these kind of stories and how wrong the Catholic Church is. Those two things are fuel in the media to keep the story alive. What the Church knows is that killing the unborn child from conception on is wrong and an innocent life is taken from us. Here of course were twins. If we judge things by this world alone, and our belief is that one person has rights that deny the other person right to live is OK, maybe one might argue that what the bishop did was wrong. However, when we look at heaven and probably the way we should look at this, there were three lives at stake. The Church asks who has the right to choose which one lives and which die? The doctor, the mother of this child, or God. It seems that by bashing this bishop, beyond doing so with limited information, we are saying he was wrong to say killing the two babies is OK to save the third. Now first of all we do not know that the child/mother would have died. I am not sure I have met anyone who says that they know when and how death will occur if God should choose to do otherwise. We do have a saint to look to for guidance and I am certain that is why God gave her to the Church and why Pope John II the Great made her a saint. Gianna Francesca Beretta was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and officially canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. Gianna’s husband Pietro and their last child, Gianna, were present at the canonization ceremony.In 1961, Gianna was expecting. During the second month, Gianna developed a fibroma on her uterus. After examination, the doctors gave her three choices: an abortion, which would save her life and allow her to continue to have children; a complete hysterectomy, which would preserve her life, but take the unborn child’s life, and prevent further pregnancy; or removal of only the fibroma, with the potential of further complications. Roman Catholic teaching would have allowed her to obtain a hysterectomy, but would forbid an abortion. Wanting to preserve her child’s life, she opted for the removal of the fibroma.After the operation, complications continued throughout her pregnancy. Gianna was quite clear about her wishes, expressing to her family, “This time it will be a difficult delivery, and they may have to save one or the other — I want them to save my baby.”On April 21, 1962, Good Friday of that year, Gianna went to the hospital, where her fourth child, Gianna Emanuela, was successfully delivered via Caesarean section. However, Gianna continued to have severe pain, and died of septic peritonitis 7 days after the birth.So why is she a saint? Did she say yes to God’s wish to create life and did she see that life as sacred even at the risk of her own? I cringe at the thought of a so called man doing this to a child, let alone a daughter. I think that this calls for a millstone around the neck and for them to be cast into the ocean. I think Jesus agreed with this in how we should treat those who harm children. I know that when this so called man gets to judgement, Christ will be waiting. But also will the two babies killed. Where do they go for justice? Maybe the doctor who killed them or the childs mother who played a part? Why did their lives not matter to so many who see this story as appaling and abortion as the remedy. When the twins were dead did the act go away? Will the 9 year old child grow up one day carrying the pain of two children killed and will that add to the pain of the act of betrayal by the wimp? We know the growing number of women that come forward with massive problems from abortion. We know that children suffer horrible impact of abuse as a child. Do we not add to that pain knowing that two babies died? Excommunication to those who made the choice to kill two babies seems tame and leaves them with the need simply to repent and go to confession. Where do the babies go for life?



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xelia

posted March 12, 2009 at 12:16 am


Greta,God gave us Saint Gianna as an example to be followed by pregnant women who can freely make their own choices about their own lives. But here we have a child who can’t decide for herself. According to the Brazilian press (and I’m not talking at all about news stories that bash the Church), this child was examined at a private clinic, at the institute of maternal health and at the hospital specialized in assisting high-risk pregnancies; all the doctors said that the pregnancy is dangerous for her life, because a child with such an underdeveloped body (read: 1.33 m tall, 36 kg) can’t succesfully carry a twin pregnancy to term. Therefore, all the doctors recommended a therapeutical abortion. If you were the mother, would you reject this, condemning your child to death? What would have been the Christian moral of such a story – that if you’re a child and you’re raped into pregnancy, then you are condemned to die together with (or shortly before) the micropreemies taken out from your womb?Excommunication – “tame”? For saving a life instead of letting three lives to be lost? Then what would you propose – jailing them? Or maybe imposing a death penalty, with “a millstone around the neck”, as you propose for the rapist?



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adriano

posted March 12, 2009 at 7:15 am


some considerations:A pro abortion non governamental group called “Curumin”,take the girl that was with a local and official group ,that was taking care of her ,and theyve conduct her to an abortist equip of doctors.They said she was in danger at that moment.Only they.And that was not true.The real father didnt want the abortion,he authorized the immediatly surgery after they lied to him.Lies,lies and more lies.



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adriano

posted March 12, 2009 at 7:23 am


The brazilian press and the government of our president is pro abortion,take care when you read informations in the brazilian press concerning this issue.No one said to carry the twins pregnancy to term.The pro lifers doctors and the church,didnt want to put the girls life at risk.They were trying to save the 3 lifes,the girl was 4 months pregnant and well,a bit more and they should antecipate the surgery,trying to save the twins too.(In this cse its not an abortion).We have today in Brazil 3 cases like these,with girls with 10 and 11 years,no abortion and alive.



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adriano

posted March 12, 2009 at 7:27 am


And in the indian community we have several cases of pregnancys in teenagers and kids,we dont like it but they have a separated culture where sometimes it happens,there a lot of cases of infant mothers,alive,no deaths.



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adriano

posted March 12, 2009 at 7:33 am


The bishop excommunicated anyone.The excommunication is automatic in abortion cases.He was merciful,but the doctors didnt want mercy ,they didnt want to understand,they still want to do as much abortion as they can.This bishop is right ,he is a brave man ,against a culture of death.



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adriano

posted March 12, 2009 at 7:35 am


We always need to be compassionated and charitable,but a bishop needs to point out the wrong mistakes.



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Katherine

posted March 12, 2009 at 9:26 am


PatM and Katherine are NOT correct. We need bishops who are willing to stand and speak the truth no matter how much they are ridiculed and persecuted by those outside the Church and dissidents inside the Church.RobK,I think PatM and I are correct. We need bishops who are willing to stand and speak the truth no matter how much they are ridiculed and persecuted by those outside the Church and dissidents inside the Church even if that means speaking the truth as to the evil of rape and child abuse.I will repeat my assertion that you seem to find so disagreeable. The bishop’s silence on the sins of the rapist stepfather is a scandal.



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RobKPhD

posted March 12, 2009 at 10:23 am


Katherine, no one defends abuse by the father. How silly to think they would. However, rap is not one of the very few sins that invokes automatic excommunication. Abortion is THAT serious. I find your indignation absurd – you want to criticize someone for speaking the truth because he didn’t touch on a different issue that you wanted.Do you actually believe that abortion is justified here? Do you think they did right? Two wrongs don’t make a right. I hear you, abuse is heinous – of course, that is the easy thing to condemn. What is hard in today’s society is speaking the truth on the quiet murders that goes on daily. The willful taking of innocent life – not metaphorically but in actuality, is something that our bishops have remained silent on for too long. I find it sad that you would keep them silent.We should pray that this bishop can persevere in the face of the persecution he is receiving. We should also pray for the mother and these doctors that they humbly seek reconciliation with the Church.We should certainly not participate in the persecution itself.



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adriano

posted March 12, 2009 at 10:49 am


Katherine:What silence?He and CNBB,said the same thing,rape is a horrible crime,must be punished,and for the catholic church is a terrible sin.In canon law the automatic excommunication is designated to 6 sins or 7 sins,abortion is one of these.For example,if murder is not automatic excommunion,it doesnt mean that murder is not important for the church.



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adriano

posted March 12, 2009 at 10:53 am


Today one 11 years girl become mother,she is feeding her baby(I dont know if its the correct term,when a mother give milk ),she was raped too,she is happy with her baby,her family and the care she is receiving.Sorry about my english,if you didnt understand,ask me.



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xelia

posted March 12, 2009 at 11:08 am


Adriano,Right, I know about Curumin and this side of the story; the problem is that the only source of information that I could find about this was the blog of Padre Edson – nothing else. Is there another? A newspaper, some other Brazilian Catholic blogs?As for “waiting a bit more” in order to save the twins, this would have meant another 8-9 weeks, because no fetus can be viable under 23-24 weeks. Did the pro-life doctors say that the girl can carry the pregnancy for another 8-9 weeks, without risking her life?



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Phil

posted March 12, 2009 at 11:59 am


I agree with Deacon Greg’s merciful comments. This was handled in a terrible and crude way by both the Archbishop and the Vatican, with almost no theological clarification. “Excommunication” is an inflammatory term, especially for Protestants, who may have little understanding of its consequences–or indeed its remedies. The Archbishop’s insensitivity given the situation has caused a scandal for the Church.And what about compassion for a mother forced to make a decision given the probable death of her daughter through complications of a full-term pregnancy at the age of nine years?The Archbishop was hardhearted, even cruel, to make this situation public. Perhaps he should consult his own confessor.



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Katherine

posted March 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm


Katherine, no one defends abuse by the father.But some seem to think it is so insignificant that it is not worthy of a public statement of condemnation while discussing this sad situation.



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Tina aka Snupnjake

posted March 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm


http://www.monachos.net/forum/showthread.php?p=76422The local parish priest of the family has written about the situation and someone has posted a translation. It reads to me that the mother of the 9 year old was functionally illiterate and coerced into signing and that the biological father was coerced into agreeing as well. According to the parish priest the mother can’t read or sign her own name, how is she supposed to give consent? Deacon Greg, if the family was coerced in some way or misunderstood what medical procedure was going to be undertaken then that means the excommunications wouldn’t be valid correct? I can see someone calling an abortion a medical procedure and confusing someone who may not be very educated….



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Fenian

posted March 13, 2009 at 6:50 am


Andriano’s comments are exactly right, especially about the press. Those of you who view the bishop as having been somehow “unpastoral” or “harsh” don’t seem to consider that the press is always trying to portray the Church that way. In fact, with most elements of this story, you are dependent on the press for your facts. Do you really know that there was no way for this poor girl to carry her babies to term or near term? Consider that abortionists always claim to somehow be doing their grisly work for the good of the mother. Since when do murderers tell the truth about their crimes?Sorry deacon, but this was a teachable moment and YOU were the one who missed it.



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adriano

posted March 13, 2009 at 7:13 am


Xelia,you can read more about the “curumin”,but its in portuguese.On google,click “grupo curumin pernambuco”.There ,click again over grupo curumin,and you will find out .Abortists.



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adriano

posted March 13, 2009 at 7:20 am


Xelia,a good and interested doctor,can follow the pregnancy,and can determine the moment that the surgery is really necessary.If they can save the twins good,if they cant at least they tried.That doctors do one thing,abortions.That doctors can do abortions until the 20 week,and she was 16 weeks.



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adriano

posted March 13, 2009 at 7:27 am


Katherine,The laws today in Brazil,dont protect the children,paedophiles an rapers are not punished,a monster can be leave jail easily and quick.Our politics,press and civil society must do a better work in this issue.They attack the church,but they dont have any solutions for nothing.



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adriano

posted March 13, 2009 at 7:31 am


fenian,If you read one jounal in Brazil, the abortist doctor seems like the pilot hero from the Hudson river.Ridiculous….



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gramps

posted March 14, 2009 at 1:20 am


I agree that Deacon blew a teachable moment. There is no justification for killing the twins. None. Please tell me what crime they committed that they should be put to death? Living? The issue of the father is irrelevent to the discussion. That in now way means it is not important and he should not be dealth with harshly. No one is saying that this is a good situation in any way. it is horrible. When someone can tell me the crime that the twins committed to deserve death, I will try to understand but we all know the answer. These children of God did nothing and did not deserve to die especially in the manner they were butchered. Please watch this and understand that these twins were butchered. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql_7jnp–UENow raise your hand if they deserved this to happen to them. Did the little nine year old deserve to be raped? Did Christ deserve the cross? Bad things happen to us but do we then turn around and kill someone and does that killing evoke cheers from heaven? My feelings are that those who cheered the butcher of twins tells us a lot about where we have come in this culture of death Mother Theresa talked about so well as did JP II. Catholics who refuse to listen and support the murder of innocent children have to accept the fact that they are now part of this culture and support it fully. How can you watch that video of the hand being raised and say that it is OK? Did those babies feel the pain of being ripped apart with a beating heart? Why so much compassion for a nine year old and zero for the babies? Do you view them like we use to view blacks as not quite human and so we can lynch them to? do you view them as Nazi;s viewed Jews and so condemn them to camps for death and torture? did you yell about the torture of waterboarding terrorist but feel nothing for these twins being ripped apart? I hope the Deacon examines his soul and asks these questions and in the silence of paryer allow the Lord to help him explain why these twins had to die as they did and it was OK with him and in any way justified.



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Katherine

posted March 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm


The issue of the father is irrelevent to the discussion.It is irrelevant if you think it is unimpotant.That in now way means it is not important and he should not be dealth with harshly.but, seemingly in your opinion, privately. No one is saying that this is a good situation in any way. it is horrible.But some seem not to have the moral courage to speak against it publicly. When someone can tell me the crime that the twins committed to deserve deathSomeone tell me how silence on the issue of rape is required in order to defend the life of the twins.



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