Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Abortion Pill causes Excommunication

.- Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of Olinda e Recife, Brazil strongly criticized a plan by local officials to widely distribute the morning-after pill during the upcoming Carnival festival and warned that those who use the pill are subject to excommunication.

The archbishop took note that because of widespread “casual sex” that occurs during Carnival—the festival that precedes Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent—the morning-after pill will be widely distributed, in addition to thousands of condoms.

On Thursday Archbishop Cardoso said the distribution of the pill which is an abortifacient “is aberrant and illegal,” since in Brazil abortion is illegal.

He said the archdiocese intends to ask the courts to block the plan and warned that those who use the pill are subject to excommunication. “This policy is wicked and immoral, and in this case, both those who use it and those who incite its use are committing a crime punishable by excommunication,” Archbishop Cardoso said.

He also said he would provide guidance to priests in the archdiocese regarding how to address the issue from the pulpit.

This is just another sad example of how modern culture wants no consequences for actions. Abortion is illegal there, and yet, "local officials" will be distributing the morning after pill. Now, I know that the pill can be licitly used in certain circumstances, for instance after a rape when a test has confirmed that ovulation has not occurred. That is not the intention of this practice. These people want nothing more than to have as much sex as they can, with no consequences.

I applaud the Archbishop for speaking out for the Truth. I am sad when I hear stories where the Bishops in various parts make a deal with the devil, as it were, and compromise with lawmakers who want to mandate the use of the morning after pill.

1 comment:

bilbannon said...

Brazil has also no death penalty since around 1855 and yet has one of the worst murders rates on earth for those who think that death penalties make men worse from living amidst a violent government. And now I learn from your post that they have no legal abortion and yet have rampant promiscuity. It is a very hard place to figure out. You'd expect no promiscuity in a country with no legal abortion and you would expect a country with a high murder rate to maybe think of trying something different like the death penalty which even the Vatican had on its books til 1969
( in the first half of the 19th century, the Vatican had its own executioner who executed 516 in a half century since the papal states at that time were an extensive country within Italy).