And now we will get to watch the CINOs go bananas. Who will be the first to throw a nutty tantrum about the nerve of that bishop in some fly-over state to undermine health care for the poor, to continue the patriarchal oppression of women?
Phoenix diocese strips St. Joseph’s Hospital of Catholic status
by Michael Clancy
The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has removed St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s status as a Catholic hospital for failing to strictly adhere to Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s demands that the hospital comply with church moral teaching.
The decision, announced at a Tuesday news conference by the diocese, came after negotiations between Catholic Healthcare West and the bishop failed to resolve major ethical differences. [Apparently they refuse to acknowledge the Bishop’s proper role and won’t promise not to perform abortions.]
The diocese and the hospital spent months trying to reach agreement over the bishop’s belief that the hospital violated the church’s Ethical and Religious Directives for Health Care in a case in which the pregnancy of a terminally ill woman was ended to save her life.
Olmsted has declared the surgery an abortion, while St. Joseph’s has argued that the procedure was allowable under church-approved exceptions to the abortion policy. The exceptions allow for termination of the fetus if that is not the direct purpose of a surgery, such as in cases of uterine cancer or a blockage of a fallopian tube.
The bishop, in a letter dated Nov. 22, said he disagreed with an extensive analysis by Marquette University theologian M. Therese Lysaught that argued that the intention of doctors involved in the case, and the mother, was primarily to save the mother’s life – not to end the life of the fetus.
Discussions between the bishop and officials of Catholic Healthcare West, St. Joseph’s parent company, have been going on for more than a year, ever since the surgery was reported to the bishop. Hospital officials later said they did not believe the informant violated federal health-care privacy laws.
The ultimatum from the bishop followed his request over the summer that CHW provide him with a moral analysis of the case. The request for the analysis was passed on to Lysaught in August. She completed her work and forwarded her analysis to Lloyd Dean, CHW president, in late October. By the end of November, the bishop had rejected her conclusions.
The Diocese of Phoenix set up a separate website for this issue. They will update it.
The decree removing the hospital’s Catholic status. HERE.