The Vatican has decided to backtrack on it’s approval of the behaviour of a Brazilian archbishop who really shined his ass in the case of a nine year old rape victim receiving an abortion.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the excommunication not only of the medical team but also of the girl’s mother had been a mistake. “Before thinking about an excommunication it was necessary and urgent to save an innocent life”, he said. The excommunication had been decided on and publicised “too hastily”. (source)
They’ve been in spin mode for the last week with the head of the Brazilian branch of bishops stating that there was “no clear case” for excommunicating the doctors who carried out the abortion because only doctors who “systematically” conduct abortions should be excommunicated.
This is like saying “killing a fly will get your membership revoked” then backtracking and saying, after someone kills a single fly, “but only if you’re a serial killer of flies” even though killing a fly for any reason is still grounds for having your membership revoked.