To the Editor,
Kudos to the Vatican prelate, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, for renouncing the excommunication of Brazilian doctors for aborting the twin fetuses of a nine-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather, saying the doctors didn't deserve excommunication. Never mind that the doctors had decided that the girl's life was in danger should the pregnancy be allowed to continue.
It borders on the criminal that this primitive, patriarchal gang of fearmongering hypocrites are permitted to hold such power over one-sixth of the world's population, who are able to twist and manipulate the goodness and hope of believers and pillory them with their own faith in the name of a prophet who neither preached nor proclaimed such inane foolishness during his lifetime.
A notable part of the hypocrisy lies in the fact that this same prelate is head of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, whose mandate is to promote life at any price - Catholic life, of course - regardless of the stress and heartless misery it causes.
The power of the Vatican over the ignorant is no less than what they wielded during the Dark Ages of human history, when the priests sat at the right hand of kings and the heresy committed by the Brazilian doctors in saving a young girl's life would be punishable by death. A pox on all their houses.
John G. McKay, Amherst