Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bishop Olmsted De-certifies “Catholic” Hospital

by Steve Ray on December 21, 2010

My friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters writes:

Bishop Olmsted, Canon 216, and St. Joseph’s Hospital

Well, the situation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, in terms of its compliance (or lack thereof) with several fundamental points of Catholic medical-moral teaching, was apparently worse than we thought. Bishop Olmsted’s decision to de-certify St. Joseph’s as a Catholic institution is quite well grounded.

Read why here: http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/bp-olmsted-canon-216-and-st-josephs.html

For more info, visit http://www.arizonacatholic.org/ If you have time, write the Bishop and tell him how proud you are of taking this stand!

UPDATE FROM ED PETERS:

Toward clarifying the canonical status of Sr. Margaret McBride

As more of the record concerning the canonical situation of Sr. Margaret McBride comes to light, it is good to see some surmises about her status being confirmed and/or various gaps in our information being filled. Specifically, we now know that Bp. Olmsted declared the excommunication of McBride following the disclosure of her role in procuring the abortion of a baby at St. Joseph’s hospital in 2009. The fact of the bishop’s declaration has some important implications for McBride’s canonical status in religious life and in the Church.

Read why here: http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/toward-clarifying-canonical-status-of.html

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Evangelical Protestant and Catholic chaplains for the military are rightly concerned over their religious freedom to say and teach what the Bible and their Faith requires.

This is an interesting article.

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