reply to post by mithrawept
So why excommunicate the family if it is allowed? Have I missed something? Surely this case would qualify as both?
First of all, Brazilian law allows abortion in the case of rape. That has nothing to do with the church. The church excommunicates, not the
The church's precepts have nothing to do with government precepts. That is the "separation of church and state" that people scream about.
Second, as I have stated in several posts above, abortion is a cause for excommunication. The family member that authorized the abortion was acting as
the spokesperson for the unfortunate nine year old, and was responsible for the abortion.
Excommunication is not equivalent to sin. Rape is a sin, as it murder, theft, etc. Only certain sins result in excommunication. It has nothing to do
with whether the church condemns rape, which it does. It is similar to ATS's T & C, where some violations merely result in removal of a thread, and
point losses, whereas others result in immediate banning.
The stepfather is in jail, as he should be.
People that don't understand the church's stance are making false claims and assumptions regarding the church's stance on this issue.
Again, excommunication is not an issue that non-Catholics should be concerned with, just as non-ATS members should not be concerned if an ATS
member is banned for breaking a T & C of ATS.
Of course, that lack of understanding of church law seems to be an excuse for all of the religion haters to come out and slew their trash at
religion. It is ironic, indeed, that those that blame religion of all bad behavior in the world., are themselves guilty of such behavior.
The church is protecting the life of the unborn, as well as the life of the born, including this 9 year old. The church's stance has always been
that in the case of a potential birth, everything must be done to save both the mother AND the child(ren). They are being consistent, even in this