Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Casualty on Romania's Road Back From Atheism - New York Times

This story from 2005 makes it clear that older ways of understanding madness have not altogether disappeared from the earth. Today the Times reports that Daniel Petre Corogeanu was sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing a 23 year old nun in a crucifixion exorcism ritual…The four nuns arrested with him were sentenced to terms of five and eight years. Had she died during a procedure prescribed by bio-medical science the practitioner, probably would not have faced criminal charges, but would have been liable for negligence and perhaps sued for malpractice. The dominance of a belief system matters.

A Casualty on Romania's Road Back From Atheism - New York Times

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