For starters, the Vatican's head of the Congregation of Bishops and the Archbishop for a region of Brazil excommunicated everyone involved in an abortion in that country - the nine-year-old mother, the doctors BUT NOT THE RAPIST (her STEPFATHER!) - despite Brazilian law stating that abortion was illegal except in cases of rape or if the life of the mother was in danger.
In this case, the Brazilian law was doubly correct - the fetuses (twins) were the product of rape and the health of the nine-year-old girl was threatened.
The excommunication did not fall upon the stepfather accused of raping the girl because, according to the Archbishop's rather twisted reasoning, the abortion was a more heinous crime than the rape.
So, time to curse ecumenically. Damn the stepfather for his crime (castration and beheading might not be savage enough), damn the Archbishop for his lack of common sense, and damn the Vatican for sheer unblinking stupidity.
An as yet unidentified man walked into a Baptist church in Illinois, had a few words with the pastor, then shot the pastor dead. His gun jamming, the suspect then produced a knife with which he stabbed himself and cut up a few people who had rushed to subdue him.
He's in the hospital, where police are waiting to identify and question him.
The executive director of the Illinois Baptist State Association, Nate Adams, had this to say:
"Our great God is not surprised by this, or anything. That He allows evil and free will to have their way in tragedies like this is a mystery in many ways. But we know we can trust Him no matter what, and draw close to Him in any circumstances."
A God who is reputedly all-powerful and all-beneficent allows evil. Try really hard to wrap your head around those three propositions without going mad.
My sympathies go out to the victims and their families, as always.
And finally, this little nugget (hat tip to Heather from Crooks & Liars, via the Great and Powerful Driftglass):
Let it be known for the record that Frank Schaeffer is the son of Dr. Francis Schaeffer, one of the founders of the Religious Right. Frank's been in at the creation, and knows The Absolute and Unvarnished Truth about where the GOP and the Religious Right have led us.