Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, July 18, 2009 7:30 am

Company in Hell, cont.


Back in March I wrote about the case of a 9-year-old girl in Brazil who underwent an abortion after being raped by her stepfather and becoming pregnant with twins. Specifically, I invited Archbishop José Cardoso Sobrinho and his superior, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, to go to Hell for excommunicating the girl’s mother and her doctor for their role in the case — and for not saying a word, at least not publicly, about the rapist. (If the girl had been 18 or older, she’d have been excommunicated, too. Thank God for small favors.)

Well, the Pope makes it a trifecta:

In a tucked away “clarification” published on page 7 of a recent edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican produced a document that unequivocally confirmed automatic excommunication for anyone involved in an abortion — even in such a situation as dire as the Brazilian case.

Sobrinho’s position all along has been that he was just stating church doctrine, not actually doing the excommunicating himself, as if that makes a difference. Now Pope Benedict, through the Vatican’s print mouthpiece, is doing the same. Oh, no, it’s not us — it’s the doctrine.

Shorter Benedict: Am I my sister’s keeper?

Since the church feels compelled to be so morally obtuse, let me help it out.

First, the “doctrine” makes a mockery of how Jesus commanded us to treat one another. Second, Benedict, knowing this even if he won’t say it publicly, could change the doctrine anytime he wanted. Third, for Benedict’s underlings to simply point to the doctrine rather than carrying out their duty to try to get the pope to change it is an unjustified abdication of their Christian duty to their fellow human beings. Fourth, if the Pope is infallible, then the Fall never happened and there was no need for Christ to come in the first place.

We clear now? Good.

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