Stephen Suh blogs at my other home, Cogitamus:
Forgiveness for a rapist I can handle. We are none of us perfect or good or holy. But forgiveness for that monster while consigning a nine year old girl to eternal damnation? Because that's what excommunication is. Oh, pedants will tell us that reconciliation is possible, but unless this young lady begins a career of denying the Holocaust, there's little chance of that happening.If you haven't been keeping up, this is what riles him so.
A senior Vatican cleric has defended the excommunication of the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who had an abortion in Brazil after being raped.... He also said the accused stepfather would not be expelled from the church. Although the man allegedly committed "a heinous crime ... the abortion - the elimination of an innocent life - was more serious".So... At what point do we get to start spitting when we walk by Roman Catholic churches? Admittedly, when your history includes the Inquisition damning a 9-year-old girl for submitting to medical necessity is pretty small fry. Nevertheless.
UPDATE: I misread, the girl is not being excommunicated, only her mother and doctors. Doesn't change the anger.