Thursday, December 16, 2010

Power-tripping bishop wants hospital to admit they should have let a pregnant mother die.

Remember the Sister Margaret McBride, the Catholic nun who got excommunicated for allowing an abortion that saved the life of a mother of four (blogged here and here)?

Remember Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, the insensitive bishop who excommunicated her?

Well, he's written a letter to Catholic Healthcare West, threatening to strip the Catholic status of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix unless CHW meets the bishop's demands on adhering to Catholic teaching, including admitting he was right!

From USA Today, via RNS blog:

The bishop wants the hospital to give him more oversight of its practices to ensure it complies with Catholic health-care rules, provide education on those rules to medical staff and acknowledge that the bishop is correct in a dispute over a procedure the diocese says was an abortion. [emphasis mine]

Power trip much?

This is so twisted. I can't believe that some childless bishop still thinks that it would have been more ethical to let a mother of four children die, rather than save her life by terminating her pregnancy.

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