Via The Motley Monk I picked up this statement the President of Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien. Even if you are not sure what to think about Bp. Olmsted (D. Phoenix) declaring that Sr. McBride was excommunicated for her approval of a direct abortion, or his removing the title “Catholic” from St. Joseph’s Hospital…. what do you think of the argument presented, below?
In response to Bishop Olmsted’s decision to disallow St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, to call itself “Catholic,” the President of Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien, issued the following statement on December 21, 2010:
It’s sad that Bishop Olmsted is so intransigent that he cannot accept that the people seeking medical care at the hospital may need access to services that he finds unacceptable, [They may neeeeeed that abortion!] even though he, and we, know that Catholics use contraception and access abortion services at rates similar to the population as a whole. [Everyone does it!] It’s sad for the people of Phoenix that the local bishop has created such a spectacle over this issue, [What about the spectacle of a “Catholic” hospital where direct abortions are performed?] from the moment he sought to excommunicate Sister Margaret McBride [He didn’t exactly go out of his way tofind something against her. She did it.] for sanctioning a life-saving operation [you mean… other than the baby who died…] to the threats issued to St. Joseph’s down to today’s punishment – [It is also a corrective measure.] announced via press release. All of the people who work at the hospital know that their actions are driven by their consciences, from the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel right through to the administration and support staff. [He thinks conscience can be exercise apart from and against what the Church teaches.] They all acted in good conscience. [Which they demonstrated by defying the bishop? And what marvelous psychic powers he must have to know their consciences!] Can Bishop Olmsted say the same thing? [It would seem so.] The only possible silver lining also relates to people seeking medical services at the hospital. Now that Bishop Olmsted will no longer be influencing decisions about their medical care, [So… he thinks it is good that Bp. Olmsted separated the hospital from the Catholic Church in the diocese!] perhaps people seeking services at St. Joseph’s will be able to access the services they need in a timely manner – after consulting with their doctor and without concerns about whether the local bishop is influencing medical decisions. Ultimately, when a bishop stops pretending to be a doctor, the whole community benefits. [And when people pretend to exercise a “magisterium” apart from and against that of the Church and the bishops, people risk going to hell.]
Apart from your positions. What do you think of the argumentation?