You might recall that I nicknamed His Excellency Most Rev. Thomas Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, as “the ghost of Christmas yet to come”. Bp. Olmsted stripped the title “Catholic” from a hospital where, with the consent of administration, a direct abortion was performed. Predictably, the National catholic Fishwrap began to defend the hospital and attack the bishop. Sun rises at dawn, right? They only defend bishops who promote heresy.
National Catholic Fishwrap, I’m informed by an alert reader, was sure to advertize this on their “corner” (cf. Augustine, s. 238,3).
On the site of AZCentral find this story:
Catholic poll: Bishop Thomas Olmsted misused power
Catholics oppose condemning ’09 ending of pregnancy
Bishop Thomas Olmsted misused his authority in revoking the Catholic status of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center after hospital officials terminated a pregnancy to save a mother’s life, [It is useful to put it that way. There was a direct abortion performed.] a majority of Phoenix Catholics said in a survey released this week. [We will get more details about the poll in a mo.]
Olmsted, who called the move an abortion, [And, it’s a “move”.] also said Sister Margaret McBride, a vice president of the hospital, excommunicated herself because she approved the November 2009 procedure.
A total of 651 Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix were polled in April [But the story came out now. Why? Was it because Bp. Olmsted was in the news for his appearance in Washington, DC at Catholic U?] as part of research by William D’Antonio, a sociologist and research fellow at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He said he conducted the survey to explore views of the laity, the non-clergy members of the church, to gauge their understanding of social programs of the church. [I’d like to see a poll that gauges their understanding of fundamental catechism.]
In a phone interview from his home Friday, D’Antonio said 71 percent of those surveyed said that although they believed the bishop had the authority to revoke the hospital’s Catholic status, it was the wrong use of authority. Nineteen percent said he had the authority outright; 10 percent didn’t know or had no answer. [I would like to know the actually question. Was it something like: “Was it right for Bp. Olmsted to impose his will in using his authority?”]
A majority – 79 percent – supported McBride’s actions; 16 percent sided with Olmsted; and 5 percent said they didn’t know which side to support.
During a news conference Friday afternoon in Scottsdale, Olmsted, who serves on the board of Catholic University of America, [AH HAH! It was the CUA story after all.] dismissed the survey findings, saying the surveyor no longer works for the university. He also said those who participated in the survey were probably influenced by the secular press’ coverage of the matter and don’t “know the situation” of the case. [I wonder how many of the respondents could tell you what a sacrament is.]
Read the rest there… if you care. BLAH BLAH BLAH.
WDTPRS KUDOS to Bp. Olmsted.
I am still taking protest donations, btw.