Do you need any more evidence to be convinced that hospitals should not be affiliated with the Catholic Church?
In 2009, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center admitted a pregnant woman who was at nearly 100% risk of death. In order to save her life, the doctors chose to abort her baby, saving the mother’s life in the process.
What did the church have to say about this?
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church Tuesday…
Bishop Thomas Olmsted called the 2009 procedure an abortion and said St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center — recognized internationally for its neurology and neurosurgery practices — violated ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“In the decision to abort, the equal dignity of mother and her baby were not both upheld,” Olmsted said at a news conference announcing the decision. “The mother had a disease that needed to be treated. But instead of treating the disease, St. Joseph’s medical staff and ethics committee decided that the healthy, 11-week-old baby should be directly killed.”
Actually, the medical staff and ethics committee decided that the mother’s life needed to be saved. They did what was necessary to make that happen.
You know who they didn’t bother turning to for medical advice? A local Bishop who has no medical training or expertise, but who thinks he should have more authority than he deserves.
There is a bright side to all this: The hospital is no longer affiliated with the church. (*Hemant throws confetti in the air*)
St. Joseph’s does not receive direct funding from the church, but in addition to losing its Catholic endorsement, the 697-bed hospital will no longer be able to celebrate Mass and must remove the Blessed Sacrament from its chapel.
And the problem with that is…?
It’s a hospital. Patient care is what matters most. Not religious rituals. And certainly not the anti-woman dictates of the Catholic Church and Thomas Olmsted.
Maybe the powers-that-be in the hospital can motion to change the name of the hospital, too. The less of a connection to Catholicism, the better.
(via Cynical-C Blog)