Tuesday, March 17, 2009


This just makes me sad in so many ways.

"Love Thy Neighbor"

"Do Unto Others"

Go read this article and then come back and give me your opinion. I know some of your's will differ from mine but I truly want to know how you can .....I don't know, just talk to me.

Nine-Year-Old's Abortion Outrages Brazil's Catholic Church

Where is the outrage of the Church at her step-father?


  1. After reading the article I see the bishop doing the only thing he can do - excommunicate those involved. He cannot change Brazilian law (which was not broken in this case) nor can he sue. Instead, he cuts off the family members from the church. This reveals to all Catholics the firmness of the Church's teaching.

  2. I started to write a comment here, and it got too big to be a comment, so I posted a response on my blog:


    The reaction of the church in this case is just... well, I think it's wrong. What happened to forgiveness?

  3. I am so saddened and disheartened by the bishops reaction. They child was nine! My son will turn 9 in two weeks. The thought of anything sexual at that age disgusts me. He is running around outside playing - if he were a girl he would be in no shape or mind set to 1. be pregnant 2. understand what was happening 3. be any sort of fit parent 4. have the body to handle a pregnancy

    Heck, I had to put 5 years between my boys because the pregnancy took such a toll on my body - I can't imagine if I were pregnant as a third grader!!

    The arch bishop is wrong in my opinion. This girl did not get pregnant under her own terms - in fact, she is still a baby herself. And I agree - where is the outrage at the stepfather? Where is the forgiveness for this child of God who was wronged by a family member?

  4. The above comment was removed by me for hateful and racial comments.

    While I encourage and enjoy differing opinions I will not tolerate racism, bigotry or hatred.

  5. I had so much emotion after reading this story I ened up writing about it

    I just don't understand anybody punishing a child this way

    Its heartbreaking

    Ali xX

  6. I don't understand the uproar. She was excommunicated, not beaten with a stick. I realize that religion was probably very important to her family, but guess what, the catholic church has never been known for its tolerance or flexibility--the firmness of our teaching is more important than your health and wellbeing, like or leave it. Being out of it could be the best thing for them.

    I would like to make sure the stepfather was beaten with a stick though.

  7. As a non-Catholic, I am frequently shocked when the Church's ideology conflicts with rationality and reason.

    I haven't yet figured out why the life of an unborn, unformed fetus is SO much more important than the life of it's unwilling holder.

    In this case, the dichotomy is especially poignant. She did nothing wrong; there is no judgment to be held against her.

    I do agree with ez, though. Catholicism isn't the only religion in the drawer. When one door closes, another opens.