Friday, February 19, 2016

Stakes on a Plane.

Pope Francis.

A pressurized cabin. 



Half-baked spitballing and word association games.

Followed by a flop-sweat-soaked Fr. Lombardi and legions of unpaid papal apologists energetically trying to deny the obvious import.

Lather, rinse, repeat. 

It would be nice if we didn't have to do this every other Alitalia flight, but there you go.

Oh, but this one is genuinely different--it manages to be the worst yet.
 Paloma García Ovejero, Cadena COPE (Spain): Holy Father, for several weeks there’s been a lot of concern in many Latin American countries but also in Europe regarding the Zika virus. The greatest risk would be for pregnant women. There is anguish. Some authorities have proposed abortion, or else to avoiding pregnancy. As regards avoiding pregnancy, on this issue, can the Church take into consideration the concept of “the lesser of two evils?” 
Pope Francis: Abortion is not the lesser of two evils. It is a crime. It is to throw someone out in order to save another. That’s what the Mafia does. It is a crime, an absolute evil. On the ‘lesser evil,’ avoiding pregnancy, we are speaking in terms of the conflict between the fifth and sixth commandment. Paul VI, a great man, in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted nuns to use contraceptives in cases of rape. 

Don’t confuse the evil of avoiding pregnancy by itself, with abortion. Abortion is not a theological problem, it is a human problem, it is a medical problem. You kill one person to save another, in the best case scenario. Or to live comfortably, no?  It’s against the Hippocratic oaths doctors must take. It is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil in the beginning, no, it’s a human evil. Then obviously, as with every human evil, each killing is condemned. 

On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear. I would also urge doctors to do their utmost to find vaccines against these two mosquitoes that carry this disease. This needs to be worked on.  
Sure reads like an endorsement of contraception in the face of the Zika virus. Interestingly enough, it was the Pope who used the term "contraceptives," not the nefarious reporter.



I mean, there's just no way that can be read as an endorsement of contraceptive use here, you faithless moron!

Fair enough--Father Lombardi to the rescue! He'll fix it--he always does:
 Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, speaking to Vatican Radio about the pope's remarks, said Pope Francis distinguished between abortion and "the possibility of a recourse to contraception or condoms in cases of emergency or in special situations, which does not involve the suppression of a human life, but avoiding a pregnancy."
"He does not say this recourse can be accepted and used without any discernment, but in fact clearly said that it can be taken into consideration in cases of particular emergency," Father Lombardi said.

Pope Francis' reference to the situation in Belgian Congo illustrates how he was not referring to using contraceptives in "a normal situation," but only in situations of serious danger, the spokesman said.

Pope Benedict XVI made similar comments in his book-interview "Light of the World," where "he spoke about the use of condoms in situations where there is a risk of contagion, for example, with AIDS," Father Lombardi said.

Pope Francis said that "contraceptives or condoms, in cases of particular emergency and gravity, can be the object of a serious discernment of conscience," Father Lombardi said, "while on abortion, he did not allow any room for consideration."


Wait, what?

So much for yesterday's vigorous papalist spinning.

So, yeah--the Pope just endorsed contraceptive use for the normal conjugal act. 

But it's far, far worse than that. To say that the hypothetical threat of birth defects is sufficient reason for contraception is to authorize it to serve eugenic ends. The threat here is not to the life or health of the mother--the threat is that she may bear a "defective" child.
And put the emphasis on the "may"--the link has not been established. 

Take no chances, though. Lebensunwertes leben.

And how does the Pope's argument not apply to the threat posed by all birth defects, from fetal alcohol syndrome on down? Aren't these all "situations of special danger"? Any parent could discern such--Can't risk it.

But keep spinning. People love the guy, and that's what really matters.


  1. Well at least he did not commit the serious sin of committing ecological blasphemy by suggesting that the use of DDT was not an absolute evil or state that careful application of DDT in case of emergency could be morally acceptable.

    When faced with hard situations it is nice to see that turning consistent Catholic teaching on its head is acceptable. As long as it is an emergency of course.


  2. Weirdly, HH equates rape with consensual sex.

    In the Congolese nun situation the nuns were not choosing disordered sexual acts (contraception). A rape victim is not choosing any sexual act at all, by definition.

    Under the extemporaneous magisterium of the endless papal open mike flight, rape is no different from consensual sex.

    Discrediting ultramontanism by practicing it since 2013.

  3. GREAT Title for the post and great use of Lebensunwertes leben (a german phrase that does not sound angry but melodious which is freaky).

    ABS is waiting for some functionary to tell us that what really happened re the Congo thing (Black Privilege) is that the Bishops there advised rapists to wear condoms if they were gonna rape nuns

  4. What this means it's a classic example of how NOT EVERYTHING a pope says is ex cathedra. When it comes to his merely personal views or thoughts, a pope can be as foolish and boneheaded as anyone else. The controversy John XXII started about his theological speculations on the after life being another example.

    In practical terms Pope Francis STILL has not learned it is not wise to speak carelessly, impulsively, or off the cuff about such matters. He still has not learned that it is far better to ALWAYS speak in public using only carefully prepared, written statements. Or to think hard and carefully before saying anything. Which is what Benedict XVI did.

    A hostile, anti Catholic media is always lying in eagerly waiting to pounce on anything foolish a pope might say.

    Sean M. Brooks

  5. As much as it pains me to watch the Holy Father contradict the faith, at least this one is unequivocally clear. There's no splaining this away. People are gonna have to stop apologizing for this pope and start calling him to account.

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