What happens when religious dogma and real life clash? If you think there would be the metaphysical equivalent of an explosion – you guessed correctly.
I just listened to an NPR radio program where the situation was described:
A woman presented to A Catholic hospital pregnant. The doctors determined that she and the baby would die if they did not abort the baby. The doctors told the woman that her chances of dying were pretty much about 100%. The woman agreed to the abortion.
The hospital director was a Nun who had to make the decision to go against Church Doctrine in order to save the woman’s life. She made that decision and was promptly excommunicated by the presiding Bishop.
If I understand Catholicism correctly, the Nun’s soul is now in peril and she will not be able to go to heaven.
The Bishop, in an interview said, “You cannot commit evil to do good.”
An interesting point was brought up on the program. Why has not a single pedophile priest been excommunicated? And there have been many pedophile priests – I do not think anyone is going to argue that point. Many known and proven pedophile priests have not even be defrocked after decades of exposure.
Yet, the Nun, who faced the agonizing decision to save a woman’s life, was immediately excommunicated.
The bishop was certainly unapologetic (excuse the pun) and defended his position strongly.
Should this Nun have been excommunicated? Was it right for the Nun to give consent to the abortion – when the doctors agreed that it was necessary to save the mother’s life?
Is the Catholic church correct in it’s viewpoint that not a single baby should ever be aborted for any reason – including putting the mother’s life at risk?
Comment below… (All viewpoints welcome! – Discussion is healthy!)