Posts along the lines of point-and-laugh-at-religion are a bad habit of mine, so I try to exercise restraint, but sometimes I can’t resist…
What sort of institution would you consider this sentiment inappropriate to? Maybe a hospital? Somewhere dedicated to intervening in people to stop them dying?
Background (via. Feministe) is a nun at a Catholic hospital being excommunicated for aborting a foetus to save its mother’s life and prevent both of them from dying.
What’s ironic is that the article defending the excommunication tries to make the Catholic position sound brave: “the position of the church is actually born from humility, from daring to believe that God knows what he is doing.”
In the words of Bertrand Russell, lolno. What would be ‘daring’ would be to consistently apply ‘God knows what he is doing’ by refraing from all action, and certainly from medical care. Similar boldness would be found in building an aeroplane based on faith instead of evidence, or abiding by the ‘literal word’ of all Biblical pronouncements.
That would be impressive, even inspiring, in a certain insane way. But not running a hospital and then occasionally falling back on ‘God’s will be done’.