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Friday, February 08, 2013

Cardinal Meisner

How the Catholic news works: first someone in the church says something hopeful:

Rape victims to get contraceptives and abortion counselling (The Tablet) ...

Catholic hospitals in the archdiocese of Cologne will in future be allowed to offer rape victims certain types of morning-after pill and to counsel them on abortion, the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, has said. Cardinal Meisner's announcement follows the case in January of a rape victim who was turned away from two Catholic hospitals because doctors feared that they would lose their jobs if they counselled her on the morning-after pill. Cardinal Meisner apologised and said he was "deeply shamed" ...

And then the church corrects the misconception that that person actually meant what they said:

Doctor says Cardinal Meisner's contraception statement was manipulated (EWTN) ...

[...] Cardinal Meisner issued a Jan. 31 statement in which he said that if "a medication that hinders conception is used after a rape with the purpose of avoiding fertilization, then this is acceptable in my view." His statement was widely interpreted by the press as giving permission for Catholic hospitals to dispense Plan B to rape victims. But the study presented to the cardinal was one that was coauthored by Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, who acknowledges at the end of the paper that she "has served on Medical Advisory Boards of HRA- Pharma and Bayer on matters related to emergency contraception." In his remarks to EWTN News, Dr. Simon also pointed out that the manufacturer of the morning-after pill says the drug may prevent an embryo from implanting on the uterine wall. "So, we cannot accept it, since even a microscopic human embryo is a person with rights, dignity and a son of God," he insisted ...

We now await the final act, in which the person who made the statement is threatened into retracting what they said. :(


Blogger PrickliestPear said...

It's so predictable, isn't it?

"...a microscopic human embryo is a person with rights, dignity and a son of God..."


4:06 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Sometimes I think the hierarchy's favorite people are embryos because they can't dissent ;)

8:14 PM  

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