There’s really no other way to view this:
A nun and administrator at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix has been reassigned and rebuked by the local bishop for agreeing that a severely ill woman needed an abortion to survive.
Sister Margaret McBride was on an ethics committee that included doctors that consulted with a young woman who was 11 weeks pregnant late last year, The Arizona Republic newspaper reported on its website Saturday. The woman was suffering from a life-threatening condition that likely would have caused her death if she hadn’t had the abortion at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, head of the Phoenix Diocese, indicated in a statement that the Roman Catholic involved was “automatically excommunicated” because of the action. The Catholic Church allows the termination of a pregnancy only as a secondary effect of other treatments, such as radiation of a cancerous uterus.
“I am gravely concerned by the fact that an abortion was performed several months ago in a Catholic hospital in this diocese,” Olmsted said in a statement sent to The Arizona Republic. “I am further concerned by the hospital’s statement that the termination of a human life was necessary to treat the mother’s underlying medical condition.
“An unborn child is not a disease. While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother’s life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means.”
I generally respect people of different faiths, even those I disagree with. I have no monopoly on religious truth. And I know many Catholics who are good and decent people. But the church hierarchy is, at this point, repellent. They have reached the point where it’s literally better to let a woman die than to allow her to have an abortion. And anyone in the church who disagrees is excommunicated. Meanwhile, priests who molest children are reassigned, because – well, what’s a little molestation between friends?
It’s frankly sick. And if the Catholic leadership is right about God being okay with allowing His daughters to perish through lack of medical care, then God Himself is sick, and I want no part of Him.