Rape and abortion, a Catholic view, Part 2, Words of hope

Updated, November 2, 2020: Edited the title to clarify that it’s part 2 of a post, add an image, and to add some notes at the end.

(Continued from a previous post, Rape and abortion, a Catholic view, Part 1.) I’ve been trying to get online all day and now that I have, I only have a few minutes before the coffee shop closes. But before I go on to say anything else by way of commentary, I must offer some words of hope for all those involved in the events of this horrible story. We celebrated Christ’s Resurrection this past weekend and so the Easter season has begun. This week marks the Easter Octave and this coming Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. And that message of mercy, healing, love and hope is precisely the message I want to offer to the family of that little girl in Brazil. And also to her doctor. I imagine her priest and her bishop already know this message, as is evident from their attempts to extend God’s mercy and assistance to those most in need of them. The priest and bishop were ignored. At least, they were ignored by the mother and the doctor. Then. Who knows? Maybe at some point in the future one of them will hear the voice of God speaking before it’s too late.

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Rape and abortion, a Catholic view, Part 1

(See part 2.) I have a friend who is beginning RCIA (taking “convert classes”) soon. A few days ago she thrust a magazine in my face, exclaiming, Have you heard about this? Is this right? The story before me was about the little nine-year old in Brazil who had been sexually abused by her stepfather, resulting in her pregnancy with twins. The bishop excommunicated the girl’s mother and also her doctor after they aborted the babies who were a few months old. My friend, who is just beginning to learn about the Church’s moral teachings, was frankly disturbed, confronting me with a barrage of questions. Wouldn’t giving birth to these babies kill the girl? Wasn’t abortion the right thing to do? And how would she raise them if she and they survived? Wasn’t the bishop wrong to excommunicate the mother and the doctor?

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