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.
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.