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#25 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Establish a New Standard in Pastoral Care

Sister Margaret McBride, a member of the ethics board of the Catholic St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, gave her approval for an abortion of an 11-week old fetus with no cerebral cortex when doctors made it clear to her that the very sick young woman carrying the pregnancy would die without it. It should go without saying that if a pregnant woman carrying an 11-week old fetus dies, the fetus will die with her. The sick young woman asked doctors to perform the abortion. For following the woman’s wishes and saving her life by allowing the abortion to be provided, Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix had McBride excommunicated from the church.

Said the spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix:

There are some situations where the mother may in fact die along with her child… but there are certain things that we don’t really have a choice.

The medical staff and administration of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center stood by McBride, supported her decision, refused to fire her and instead moved her to another job in the hospital. For this, the Diocese of Phoenix has expelled the hospital itself from the Catholic order.

4 comments to #25 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Establish a New Standard in Pastoral Care

  • Sounds like a win. Now the hospital can continue its work free from christian death panels as it were. The NPR article contrasts this swift excommunication and the lack of punishment for pedophiles within the church.

  • tkogrumpy

    And there are some situations I can not comment on for fear I will lapse into an expletive filled rage.

  • Rick Libertarianski

    Isn’t it interesting that the Catholic Church has been around for centuries and most everywhere they’ve evangelized has resulted in genocide, tribal in-fighting, failed crusade-wars, and pedophiles? Illegals from Mexico are Catholic and they too have zero respect for laws, check out the Chamorros and see their history, much less the skewed Filipinos view of Catholocism.

    • That’s at least three blanket statements you have there. I knew some undocumented students when I lived in Arizona, and they displayed significant respect for a number of laws. Some members of my extended family are Filipino Catholics whose views, relative to the Catholic Church, do not seem particularly skewed.

      This incident shows that the behavior of institutions of the Catholic Church are not always equivalent to the behavior of Catholics: a number of Catholics defied the Church hierarchy in service of what they considered to be higher principles.

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