German Catholics allow morning-after pill in rape cases

* Church to allow pill that does not induce abortion

* Outcry over church hospitals turning away rape victim

* Bishop promises rape victims will get proper care (Adds critical Catholics, data on church hospitals)

By Stephen Brown

BERLIN, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church in Germany said on Thursday it would permit certain types of "morning-after pill" for raped women, after two hospitals provoked an outcry for refusing to treat a rape victim.

The German Bishops' Conference said church-run hospitals would now ensure proper medical, psychological and emotional care for rape victims - including administering pills that prevent pregnancy without inducing an abortion.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said a four-day meeting of German bishops in the western town of Trier had "confirmed that women who have been victims of rape will get the proper human, medical, psychological and pastoral care".

"That can include medication with a 'morning-after pill' as long as this has a prophylactic and not an abortive effect," he said in a statement. "Medical and pharmaceutical methods that induce the death of an embryo may still not be used."

That means there is no change to the Catholic Church's ban on the so-called abortion pill based on the drug mifepristone or RU-486, and marketed as Mifegyne or Mifeprex.

The Church remains firmly opposed to abortion and artificial birth control, but in Germany it will now differentiate between pills that prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg in the womb and pills that induce an abortion, in cases of rape.

The German church, which has already faced mass desertions over cases of sexual abuse of children by priests, had been expected to change its position on the morning-after pill after apologising about an incident involving two hospitals in Cologne last month.

The critical German lay movement "Wir sind Kirche" (We are the Church) said bishops took the decision because they feared losing state subsidies for church hospitals. The Catholic Church runs 25 percent of German hospitals and half of those in North Rhine-Westphalia state, which includes Cologne, it said.

Cologne's Cardinal Joachim Meisner, an ally of the outgoing German-born Pope Benedict, has already apologised for the church hospitals' treatment of the woman. He said it "shames us deeply because it contradicts our Christian mission and our purpose".

The 25-year-old woman was referred to the hospitals by her doctor for a gynaecological exam after she was drugged at a party and woke up on a park bench fearing she had been raped.

The hospitals refused to treat her because they could not prescribe the pill, which is taken after sex to avoid pregnancy. She was eventually treated at a Protestant church-run hospital.

The German bishops' meeting in Trier also tried to address criticism of sexual discrimination by the Church by vowing to include more women in leadership positions, although this will not include the ordination of women as priests.

More than 181,000 German Catholics left the Church in 2010 and a further 126,000 the following year, reducing the total number to 24.47 million in a total population of 82 million. (Editing by Jason Webb)
  ???  How does not getting the morning after pill equate with not getting any treatment at all? Sounds to me like she just left when they said n to giving her the pill.
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Somebody excommunicate that bishop!
Oh my Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything.--Fr Dolindo Ruotolo

Persevere..Eucharist, Holy Rosary, Brown Scapular, Confession. You will win.
Here it is, the beginning of the end.
And we all knew it would come out of Germany, as Bp Fellay said, and the Holy Father agreed, that Germany was already in a "state of emergency".
Once they allow a contraceptive, even in this case, the whole of Catholic morality will crumble to pieces.
No bishop has the authority to promote anything that violates Natural Law. The "allowance" is null and void. Of course, it will still have devastating consequences.

1517 anyone? It's about time for another Council of Trent, this time with twice as many anathemas!

O Lord, by the intercession of Your Blessed Mother, give us a good pope in the upcoming Conclave!!!

This and the sodomy report should make for an interesting conclave. I wouldn't be too surprised if this year not only saw the first abdication in 600 years, but also the first antipope.
The poster SaintSebastian made an interesting post on this subject the other day. Apparently, the USCCB takes the same position on this:
(02-21-2013, 06:12 PM)SaintSebastian Wrote: The arguement is that it is ok to repel or resist an unjust aggressor, or to withhold onesself from him.  It would not be ok to kill the resulting child, because that person is innocent.  This is nothing new, by the way.  The USCCB approved it a long time ago, so I'm not sure why it's causing a stir now:

Compassionate and understanding care should be given to a person who is the victim of sexual assault. Health care providers should cooperate with law enforcement officials and offer the person psychological and spiritual support as well as accurate medical information. A female who has been raped should be able to defend herself against a potential conception from the sexual assault. If, after appropriate testing, there is no evidence that conception has occurred already, she may be treated with medications that would prevent ovulation, sperm capacitation, or fertilization. It is not permissible, however, to initiate or to recommend treatments that have as their purpose or direct effect the removal, destruction, or interference with the implantation of a fertilized ovum.19
(02-22-2013, 02:44 PM)Jacafamala Wrote: Somebody excommunicate that bishop!

Vatican official: "Well, alright Jacafamala, we'll get right on that.  Now, what group of traditionalists is this bishop with?"

Jacafamala: "He's not.  He's promoting contraception."  

Vatican official: "Oh... um... and... why exactly do you want us to excommunicate him?"


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