The Vatican is praising an Italian woman who died after refusing cancer treatment that would have required her to have an abortion.
Evidently she discovered that she had cancer at the same time that she learned that she was pregnant.
So feeling that she had no choice, she refused the cancer treatment, gave birth three weeks ago to a little baby boy and then died this week from the cancer.
Apparently another woman did this back in 1962 named Gianna Beretta Molla and John Paul II literally made her a Saint for it in 2003.
So now that she’s a saint I guess she can do all kinds of cool stuff if you pray to her, but no, we aren’t polytheistic, we only believe in the father, the son, the holy ghost and a shit load of other people like this woman whom we pray to so that we get the stuff we want.
No word yet on if Pope John Paul II will sanctify this woman for basically the same thing as Gianna Beretta Molla. Can you even do that, enshrine two people in the hall of fame for doing essentially the same thing? Then again, I guess if you are the Pope you can do whatever you want.
"She was aware that if she gave birth she wouldn't have had any hope of surviving," the Vatican newspaper wrote. "Despite that she went through with her choice, the choice of welcoming new life even at the cost of her own death."
In their statement of praise the Vatican failed to mention that she leaves behind two other children ages 10 and 12 that are now going to be without a mother for the rest of their lives.
"Rita's choice, which I always shared, was a choice of faith," her husband, Enrico Ferrari, told the Italian news agency ANSA.
He shared her choice? He actually said to her, “Yeah honey, I love you and all but given a choice between you and the kid I would rather have that baby you’re carrying than you, to be honest. Sorry.”
"Whenever someone recommended abortion as the only way to escape (death), she would say, `It's as if they're asking me to kill one of my other two children to save my skin.'
I think it is interesting that theology believes in the existence of the soul and all the baggage that comes with it but has never really seriously debated when exactly a soul comes into being?
Why should they you might ask? Well, because if they actually thought about it, maybe answering that question might clear up a whole lot of this abortion/moral stuff.
A soul by nature is transcendent in that it doesn’t cease to exist upon physical death.
Transcendence is part of what we call its principal property.
In other words, that is how we know that it is a soul and not a shoe.
Now Christians believe it (the soul) either goes on to heaven and all the beer, buffalo wings and blowjobs you can enjoy (hey that’s my idea of heaven) or it goes to hell for all of the brimstone and open flame for you to suffer.
However, we all know, that everything physical dies. Everything in the physical world has its cycle of birth, maturity, decline and then eventually death.
So if the soul is in fact transcendent, then it must not be physical.
So how does exactly a physical object, such as a sperm and an egg create something that is non-physical like a soul? How can something physical create something that is transcendent.
The answer is it can’t. It doesn’t.
So if the soul isn’t created when a fetus is created by a sperm and an egg when is it created?
Well I do know when it is created but I can tell you when it isn’t.
Not to mention since the soul is transcendent anyway, you actually aren’t killing the soul when you terminate the body. We already covered that in the premises when we said that the soul is transcendent.
So what is so grand about life if this woman was willing to give hers up so that she could carry her fetus to term?
It must not be all that great since she was willing to give up her seat on the bus to birth this child.
I am sure it will be easy to spin this one as a testament to someone standing up for what they believe in on the same level as anyone that chooses the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good.
But like I said, that is nice spin but what is one life for one life?
She had a family and children that depended on her and needed her. What about them?
I am sure her 10 and 12 year old will love the little guy too, eventually, after they quit blaming him for the death of their mother.
You want to talk about coming into the world with the chips stacked against you.
Say hello to this kid.