Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Archbishop Sobrinho's Resignation

Heroically Pro-Life Brazilian Archbishop’s Resignation Accepted under Cloud of Vatican Newspaper Misrepresentation is how Life Site News tells us that Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, the Metropolitan archbishop of Olinda and Recife, has tendered his resignation as archbishop to Pope Benedict, and that his resignation has been accepted. The Vatican announcement says that the resignation was accepted as the archbishop has ‘reached the age limit’.

The media vilified the archbishop due to the stance that he took in relation to the tragic case of the nine-year-old Brazilian girl who had been raped by her step-father, resulting in her becoming pregnant with twins. The priest involved in looking after the family, and the archbishop, did everything in their power to work with the family and the little girl to help them, and also to try to save the lives of the unborn twins. However, an international abortion lobby group was urging the family to have the babies aborted – using the situation as ‘a golden opportunity’ to press for the legalisation of abortion in Brazil.