The Catholic Taliban


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If you think the Taliban have a monopoly on medieval beliefs and archaic practices, Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho may have something to say about that. A nine-year old girl, who lives in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco in Brazil, was allegedly sexually assaulted over a number of years by her stepfather. When it was discovered she was four months’ pregnant with twins, she had an abortion which is legally permissible in Brazil in cases of rape or health risks to the mother, but illegal in the eyes of God according to the Archbishop, because “the law of God was above any human law”. As a result, the mother of the nine-year old child and the doctors who assisted with the abortion were excommunicated. Another maverick cleric one sandwich short of picnic, perhaps? (there do seem to be a few out there … holocaust deniers among them) Not so, according the Vatican. All this on International Women’s Day too.

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