Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Catholic sister told bishop abortion was allowed by Church teaching

How can someone who is Catholic -- much less a Catholic sister who is a bride of Christ and has supposedly mastered the Catholic teachings of the faith -- believe such a heresy? This is shocking and very, very disappointing! I blogged about this earlier this week and felt very disgusted by this. As a crisis pregnancy counselor, I had heard that things like this happen in Catholic hospitals, but are rarely made public. I am happy this story is out and that Bishop Olmstead is speaking out against this "Catholic" Hospital's actions and is speaking the truth by telling those who were involved in this abortion that they are ex-communicated. I am also supportive of the bishop for removing her from this position and assigning her other duties.

Via CNA/EWTN News: - A religious sister who was on a Catholic hospital panel that approved a direct abortion has excommunicated herself, the Diocese of Phoenix said on Tuesday. According to the diocese, Sr. Margaret McBride told Bishop Olmsted that she believed performing an abortion in a specific case from 2009 "was a morally good and allowable act according to Church teaching."

Read the entire story here.

Related Information: Sister violated more than Catholic teaching in sanctioning abortion, ethicist says


Jeff Miller said...

She probably misunderstands the principle of double effect such as used in an entropic pregnancy and that the direct killing of the unborn can never be done. It is quite doubtful that the case involved could use double effect as a reason.

Bill said...

Liar, liar, pants on fire...

alicia said...

The only way that the principle of double effect would be in play would be if a medication or procedure to improve the moms health or to heal her had the side effect of ending the pregnancy. An example might be the removal of a cancerous uterus that had an unborn baby within, if the judgement was made that the surgery was immediately needed and could not wait until the baby reached viability. Or the decision to give chemo for cancer to a pregnant woman even though it might damage or kill the baby. The intent was only to heal or cure the mom and the loss of the baby is an undesired side effect.

Cases where the principle of double effect are misused include severe hyperemesis of pregnancy (where the pregnancy causes intractable vomiting that threatens the mom's health or life), cardiomyopathy of pregnancy (which can lead to heart failure and death) and pulmonary hypertension (similar to cardiomyopathy). I am not familiar with the medical details of the case in Phoenix, but something I heard on NPR that made my blood boil led me to believe it was cardiomyopathy.