Bishop punishes mom for daughter's abortion
Brazilian to excommunicate her and doctors for allowing it
updated 2:32 p.m. ET, Thurs., March. 5, 2009
RIO DE JANEIRO - A Roman Catholic archbishop says the abortion of twins carried by a 9-year-old girl who allegedly was raped by her stepfather means excommunication for the girl's mother and her doctors.
Despite the nature of the case, the church had to hold its line against abortion, Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho said in an interview aired Thursday by Globo television.
"The law of God is higher than any human laws," he said. "When a human law — that is, a law enacted by human legislators — is against the law of God, that law has no value. The adults who approved, who carried out this abortion have incurred excommunication.".... continue the story
This story horrifies me. Really bothers me. The girl had been molested by her step-father since she was six. While he is now in police custody, he wasn't excommunicated from the Catholic church for what he did. In their eyes, committing abortion is a worse sin than committing repeated pedophile molestation.
I'm not jumping on the bandwagon against the Catholic church. The Catholic church is known to be doing more to prevent abortion than any other organization. However, I do believe that sin is sin. No one sin is worse than another--they are all destructive and all fall short. But the consequences of those sins will certainly be different.
What horrifies me is the pain that must be living in the hearts of those in this family. What is the mother/wife thinking? What did the step father go through in his childhood that would cause such actions? What self-image does this nine year old now have of herself? Who is going to counsel them now that their pastor has cut them off? I cry for them.
This story only makes me more determined. More determined to make a difference, to speak of God's love, to reach out to those who are hurting and seeking. More determined to love, to speak truth, to serve, and to pray.