Brazil Tells Catholic Church to Shove It

mchriststatue.jpgBrazil, with one of the largest Catholic populations in the world, has told that church to keep its nose out of government policy. Yeah!

The church tried to sue The Brazilian city of Recife for it’s plans to distribute “morning after pills” to carnival goers this year. The Catholic Church lawsuit claimed the initiative promoted sex and provided “abortions.”

(Can you imagine! Those dirty, filthy, disgusting carnival goers might want to have….sex!!)

On top of its legal defeat, the church has come under fire from the Brazilian government for attempting to sway public health policy.

“The (Recife) mayor’s office is right and the church is wrong, again,” Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao said Sunday.  “The morning-after pill is used with medical guidance and is a matter of public health, not religion,” he said.

God, it is so refreshing to read about a government that is willing to stand up for what is good for it’s people despite pressure from the church. And the Recife mayor’s office didn’t stop there. How’s this for a modern attitude from an other wise 2nd world nation.

The municipality says its aim is to “guarantee the sexual and reproductive rights of women who have been victims of sexual violence or who have had a failure of contraceptive methods.”

According to the newspaper Pernambuco, the archbishop at the center of the storm, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, is not prepared to back down on the issue, and had threatened excommunication to any church-goers who use the pill.

 I have news for those church-goers. Get excommunicated. You’ll save money, have a lot more fun and be better off in the long run.

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2 Comments on “Brazil Tells Catholic Church to Shove It”

  1. Capt Fogg Says:

    Blame it on the Bossa Nova? Brazil wasn’t settled by Puritans or Calvinists, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that they exhibit more enlightenment than we do in this matter. Still we’re richer, so even though God loves the poor, God must love us more, right? Makes sense to me.

    Brazil ended slavery some 30 years before the US, for what that’s worth.

  2. jonolan Says:

    Sobrinho is an idiot. The Church is very central to the lives of Brazilians. If they excommunicate those who “transgress” in this matter, they leave the door open to the worst sorts of depravity. After all the excommunicated are already “damned to the fires of Hell” and have nothing further to lose or gain…


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