Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ehrman's review of 'Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narrative'

Bart Ehrman has posted a review of the Pope Benedict's latest book 'Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives'.
The Pope is not principally trying to “set the record” straight with respect to all the myths and legends that have sprung up around the nativity scene.   He instead provides an intelligent, very pious, and not very critical pastoral and soothing interpretation of the accounts of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke.
Of course he would do that.  What else would he do?  He’s not going to focus on the discrepancies between the accounts, the historical implausibilities, the violations of all sense (not just virgin births, of course, as that’s a doctrinal certainty; but also stars stopping over houses and the like).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fr. Paul Thelakat is a Liar!

Fr. Paul Thelakat, spokesperson for the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church is a liar. But first the backstory.

Late last month, 31 year old Savita Halappanavar died at a hospital in Ireland. She was 17 weeks pregnant, pregnant with her first baby. On October 21st, she was found to be miscarrying. She died of septicaemia a week later.

An abortion could have saved her life. But the hospital refused until the foetal heartbeat stopped. Otherwise, according to the Catholic Church's warped reasoning, it would have been murder.

So, she died. She didn't have to.

Fr. Paul Thelakat had this to say about this incident.
Had the people concerned followed Catholic morality, Savita’s life could have perhaps been saved.
It is sad and unfortunate that the Catholic Church’s morality is attacked on account of her death.
Fr. Paul Thelakat is either a liar or ignorant of the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion. I would say, LIAR!

To clarify, the Catholic Church bans all direct abortions - even when performed to save the life of the mother.

An indirect abortion on the other hand is permitted. An indirect abortion is one where the abortion is a side effect. So, if the doctors had removed Savita's uterus, or the fallopian tube in case of an ectopic pregnancy, then it would be indirect, as the fetus dies but as an indirect consequence.

In this case, the doctors knew the fetus was dying. They should have done the only ethical option open - saved the mother. Yet the doctors waited. Because Ireland is a "Catholic country".

Fr. Paul Thelakat and the rest of the Catholic hierarchy probably know all this. Yet they have the guts to look at us in the face and tell us that 'Catholic morality' would have saved Savita's life!

Update: Here is a statement by the Irish Bishops Issue on the death of Savita and here is Dr. Jen Gunter's post showing how stupid the statement is.

Disclaimer: I am an ex-catholic.

Thursday, November 8, 2012