Yes, Brazil, the Catholic Church is evil personified
March 5, 2009 by William K. Wolfrum
Having attended a Catholic religious ceremony in Brazil not long ago that had little or no connection to the Catholic Church, it really seems that the Vatican is an unneeded intermediary between good people and the God they worship. Because when you see stories like these come out of Brazil, you really should come to the conclusion that the Vatican and the Catholic Church have not just lost their way, but are now inching toward evil super villainy.
The headline of the story at Brazil’s Globo is “Arcebispo excomunga médicos e parentes de menina que fez aborto.” To translate: “Archbishop excommunicates doctors and parents of child that had abortion.”
The story is thus: A 9-year-old girl was raped by her stepfather and impregnated with twins. The girl would very likely die if she continued the pregnancy. While Brazil has strict anti-abortion laws, under Brazilian law it is legal for her to have an abortion, which she does. The Catholic Archbishop then excommunicates the mother of the girl, and the doctor that performed the abortion.
“The law of God is above of any law human being,” said Archbishop José Cardoso Sobrinho.
No word on whether or not Sobrinho excommunicated the rapist stepfather.
Brazilians can and will worship on their own and don’t need old men in capes making their lives hell. Any short-term good the Catholic Church has done is far outweighed by the long-term carpet-bombing of mental harassment and physical damage they do on a daily basis. Brazil – nay, the planet – would be better off if the Vatican just went away.
Crossposted at William K. Wolfrum Chronicles in Bad Portuguese.