Loading
Brazilian cardinal says after abortion for anencephaly babies others could be next

.- The Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Scherer asked Brazilians this week if the country’s Supreme Court legalizes abortion for babies with anencephaly, “what will be the next group ‘incompatible with life’ to be eliminated?”

“The Supreme Court’s ruling will have consequences, as it will enshrine principles for future judicial cases. And so here’s another question: after babies with anencephaly, what will be the next group of discomforting or unwanted people ‘incompatible with life’ on the list to be eliminated?” the cardinal asked in a recent column.

He warned that during the arguments taking place at the Supreme Court, “the life and death of human beings are at stake.”  The cardinal reminded the high court justices that it is their duty to ensure that laws are in accord with the Brazilian constitution, which guarantees “the inviolability of the right to life of all Brazilians and all foreigners who are living in the country.”

Cardinal Scherer acknowledged that a gap exists in Brazilian law that should be corrected by Congress in order to protect the rights of the unborn.

Nevertheless, he recalled that Brazil is a signatory of international treaties that must be respected, such as the Costa Rica San Jose Pact, which states that “each person has the right to have his or her life respected” from “the moment of conception.”

Not a matter of religion

On the other hand, Cardinal Scherer said that as a bishop of the Church he is expressing this opinion in accord with Catholic teaching.  Yet, he noted, “The protection of innocent and defenseless human life should be of interest to all, above any religious or ideological concepts, because it is a question of humanity and not of religion.”

Science supports the certainty that life begins at conception, the cardinal continued, which is a position the Church defends, and he stressed that “an anencephalic baby is a living human being, and for this reason their fragile lives must be respected.”

“I am happy when I see the position of the Catholic Church associated with the defense of the strict inviolability of human life, including the life of the unborn. Let that be registered for the future,” he said.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

3D Church mapping
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Jul
30

Liturgical Calendar

July 30, 2014

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:44-46

Gospel
Date
07/30/14
07/29/14
07/28/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 15: 10, 16-21
Gospel:: Mt 13: 44-46

Saint of the Day

St. Peter Chrysologus »

Saint
Date
07/29/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:44-46

Homily
Date
07/30/14
07/29/14
07/28/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: