Vatican backs Brazilian bishop


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.
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.

Earlier report here.

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"alleged" abuse?

- Gerard Haugh

With each passing day the Roman hierarchy seems more out of touch with the realities on the ground. Making themselves that much more irrelevant to many of their own members and certainly the world at large.

Looking ahead in the road it is frightening to see that those who align with the Vatican will be of a similar ilk to those currently of another faith who presently strap bombs to their bodies and walk into crowds, leaving God to sort out the dead.

Oh yes, I remember, another historic Roman pontiff already has said just those words, 'Let God sort them out!"

Most Brazilians I know are angry at the excommunication.

The huge majority of Catholics in Brazil is totally out of tune with these conservative stances. They still say their Hail Marys, receive communion once in a while and do baptisms and weddings at church, but they clearly ignore the Vatican's stances on contraception, abortion and human sexuality, which can clearly be seen by all public officials' reaction to the excommunication.

In my opinion, Brazilian law regarding abortion is well thought and covers most possibilities that I understand as ethically acceptable for Christians to agree with an abortion, and is another reflex that Brazilian legislators don't really care much about what the Church thinks.

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