Kudos to Bishop Thomas Olmsed!!
Here is some of Bishop Olmsed’s statement:
Then, earlier this year, it was brought to my attention that an abortion had taken place at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. When I met with officials of the hospital to learn more of the details of what had occurred, it became clear that, in the decision to abort, the equal dignity of mother and her baby were not both upheld; but that the baby was directly killed, which is a clear violation of ERD #45. It also was clear that the exceptional cases, mentioned in ERD #47, were not met, that is,** that there was not a cancerous uterus or other grave malady that might justify an indirect and unintended termination of the life of the baby to treat the grave illness. In this case, the baby was healthy and there were no problems with the pregnancy; rather, the mother had a disease that needed to be treated. But instead of treating the disease, St. Joseph’s medical staff and ethics committee decided that the healthy, 1 1 -week-old baby should be directly killed. This is contrary to the teaching of the Church (Cf. Evangelium Vitae, #62). **
It was thus my duty to declare to the person responsible for this tragic decision that allowed an abortion at St. Joseph’s, Sister Margaret McBride, R.S.M., that she had incurred an excommunication by her formal consent to the direct taking of the life of this baby. I did this in a confidential manner, hoping to spare her public embarrassment.
It’s bad enough that a living, healthy human being was murdered, but a nun consented to the direct taking of the life of this baby. Yet Bishop Olmsed attempted to keep the nun’s excommunication private in order to avoid embarrassment. For her. I believe there are some news stories and I’ll check on those.
Here are some of the things which CHW has been formally responsible for throughout these years:
•Contraceptive counseling, medications, supplies and associated medical and laboratory examinations, including, but not limited to, oral and injectable contraceptives, intrauterine devices, diaphragms, condoms, foams and suppositories;
•Voluntary sterilization (male and female); and
•Abortions due to the mental or physical health of the mother or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
In light of all these failures to comply with the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Church, it is my duty to decree that, in the Diocese of Phoenix, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, CHW is not committed to following the teaching of the Catholic Church and therefore this hospital cannot be considered Catholic.
arizonacatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/DIOCESE-OF-PHOENIX-STATEMENT-122110.pdf [all underlining and bolding were added for emphasis]
It appears this has been going on for some time. When I saw the title of the statement I immediately thought that a Catholic hospital had given up its “Catholic” status because the government was trying to force it to allow direct abortion. But that isn’t the case at all. This hospital kept the “Catholic” in its title and most likely accepted funding and went right ahead and participated in the practices noted above.