The Catholic Church in Brazil is off its frigging rocker. I'm not talking about being a tiny bit nuts here. We're talking over-the-top sheer gibbering insanity. The kind of insanity that's indistinguishable from pure evil, and has much the same effect.
The BBC is reporting on a hideously tragic child abuse case - a nine year old girl was found to be pregnant, with twins, as the result of sexual abuse inflicted upon her by her stepfather. I know you really don't want to, but try to wrap your mind around that concept. A nine year old, reportedly raped repeatedly by this monster over a period of three years, reports to the emergency room with stomach pains and is found to be over three months pregnant.
In Brazil, there is very limited access to legal abortion. However, abortion is permitted in cases of rape, and it's permitted in cases where there is a clear danger to the life of the mother. Both of these conditions were very, very clearly met in this case. It should not need to be said that it is not possible for a 9 year old to consent to sex, so any pregnancy in a child that young is certainly the product of rape. The child - the baby - in question reportedly weighs 80 pounds, and doctors quickly concluded that she could not safely carry one child to term, let alone two.
Here's where things get much worse. And let's stop and think about that for just a second, because that's something that quite should simply not be possible. But here is where the Holy Roman Catholic Church decided to step in.
Upon hearing that these pregnancies were going to be terminated, the Catholic Church responded by attempting to take legal action to stop the abortions. Yes, you read that right. The Church's response to the tragedy of a pregnant baby - one who was very clearly physically incapable of safely bearing children - was to attempt to force the child to carry the two fetuses to term. From the NYT article:
Marcio Miranda, a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife in northeastern Brazil, said the girl should have carried the twins to term and had a Caesarean section. "It's the law of God: Do not kill," he said in comments reported by the newspaper O Globo.
Apparently, in the twisted world of the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife, or at least in the twisted mind of Marcio Miranda, it's OK if the child dies trying to carry these babies - probably because it'll really be God doing the killing. With this attitude, Mr. Miranda becomes the second monster to enter this story.
But not the last.
The pregnancies were terminated yesterday. At that point, Marcio the Misogynist's boss joined the crowd of sick, twisted bastards involved in this catastrophe:
The Catholic Church's archbishop for the area criticized the decision as against "the law of God" and excommunicated her mother, the doctors and other people involved in the abortion.
I'm out of words for this. Sick, twisted, women-hating, misogynistic, evil, insane - none of them manage to do this justice. I can't even swear - there's no obscenity I can utter that would be more obscene than this sad facet of reality.
In the face of a massive tragedy, at a time when everyone involved desperately needed comfort and compassion, the Church spat in their faces and threw them out.
If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and hug my daughter. And take a shower.