Spanish bishop condones rape of women if they’ve had an abortion!

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I came across this article through a friend of mine on Facebook. It is a summary of some comments that were made by an Archbishop during his Christmas sermon.

For me it’s no surprise that a male dominated religion would have such a low regard for woman, and promote forcible abuse as a right from god. I think what surprises people is that they don’t see the vile beliefs still being pushed by organized religious groups. Aren’t we in the 21st Century?

From radical Islamic groups, to the Catholics, one thing is clear, men are considered superior in organized religion, and women are not considered equals.

I told a story on here a few years ago of an ex-girlfriend of mine that oddly enough invited me to her wedding. When we dated she was a vibrant, independent woman. We had differences in beliefs that could not be resolved so we decided to just remain friends. At the time I was quite happy she had found a partner that shared her beliefs.

Then, when I went to the wedding, at a very nondescript Christian Centre, I was shocked! She had to yield to her ‘man’, and her path to heaven was only guaranteed by serving her husband. WTF!

It is quite extreme to state that women that have had abortions have given up their rights to say no.

It’s such a hypocritical statement to judge a woman for making choices about her body, when religious people state all the time that only god can judge. At what point does an Archbishop think he can judge women and authorize rape and forcible abuse?

At what point do we decide comments by these religious leaders are hate speech? Why can religious leaders speak without consequence? Why can the Pope go unpunished for hiding paedophilia in the Catholic church?

It is time to stop being silent about human rights abuses and start making religious and political leader accountable for their hateful words.

Here is the article I read today. If anyone can translate the full speech and put it in comments, that would be muchly appreciated!

The Archbishop of Granada, Javier Martinez, said in his Christmas sermon that it was acceptable for women who have had an abortion to be raped. Author Manuel António Pin expresses his outrage in the daily Jornal de Notícias: “The Spanish Church won’t let anyone dissuade it from its intolerant traditions. … After [Prime Minister] Mariano Rajoy, who is close to the Church, announced his intention of ‘extirpating the putrid secular abortion law’ that was passed under Zapatero’s government I was given a copy of a Christmas sermon delivered by the Archbishop of Granada in which he says that ‘a woman who has an abortion gives a man absolute licence to abuse her body without restrictions because she has committed a sin as if she had a right to do so’. … For the Archbishop Hitler’s and Stalin’s crimes (he forgot Franco’s) were ‘less dreadful than abortion’. In such situations even a non-believer wishes there was a God to condemn these people.”

via euro|topics – Spanish bishop legitimates rape.


3 Replies to “Spanish bishop condones rape of women if they’ve had an abortion!”

  1. Yet another example of why I hate organized religion… These kinds of stories make me extremely angry!

  2. This statement has nothing to do with rape. This is an example of misquoting/mistranslating/twisting the words of one sentence out of context of the entire homily.

    He said … ‘a woman who has an abortion gives a man absolute licence to abuse her body without restrictions because she has committed a sin as if she had a right to do so ‘

    Although I can see in the english translation how you could sort of misunderstand it the way that it has been, he is saying that if a woman aborts her babies, as a form of contraception, than men can take advantage of her by having consentual sex without any responsibility.

    This comes from two teachings of the Catholic Church, which you may not agree with. 1. That sex is reserved for the sacrament of marriage.

    2. That artificial forms of contraception remove the possibility of procreation, and are contradictory to God’s plan.

    3. Abortion is murder of a human being.

    You may not agree with these Catholic teachings, but they hold equally true for men and women.

    It is absurd to even imply that the Catholic church teaches it is O.K. to rape anyone, please read the Catechism of the Catholic faith and do your research before making such obscene claims.

    The only human rights I see violated here are those of the unborn children who are powerless against those who are taking their lives.

    1. And you would. The rights of women don’t factor into it for you. “Men can take advantage of her by having consentual sex without any responsibility.” You are putting a man’s rights ahead of a woman’s. That is sexist. I am so glad in Canada abortion is legal. At least a woman can decide what to do with her body, because the religious man in this scenario doesn’t seem to have any accountability.

      Talk about in-equality. Men are not left responsible if ‘they’ get a woman pregnant out of wedlock or if she gets pregnant, but the woman is? If the man doesn’t want the responsibility coming from having un-protected sex, he shouldn’t have sex in the first place. Within a marriage or not. How nice for religious men to be able to have unprotected sex and not be responsible for all outcomes. Seeing that women carry the fetus, it is their decision, not that of a religious group, to decide on the outcome.

      Onto your comments about abortion. No one is killing babies. Children are children once they are born. Period. It is vile to state that abortion is murder. God didn’t make the fetus. A sperm and egg did. I don’t care what a religious leader or ancient text tells me. Abortion is a medical procedure. The fetus is not a baby.

      I’ve read plenty of quotes from the bible that seem to condone rape and murder. Do you just ignore them? Do you try to justify them by being quoted out of context? How are you able to justify the mistreatment of women by taking away their right to choose? I could head out and find plenty of quotes that seem to suggest stoning, slavery, rape, and murder are part of the bible…

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