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:

For more info, visit If you have time, write the Bishop and tell him how proud you are of taking this stand!


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:

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Mike Sanders December 22, 2010 at 7:36 PM

My 4 1/2 year old son and 3 year old son were both born at St. Joseph’s Hospital. I really liked St Joseph’s because it was a Catholic alternative to other hospitals here in Phoenix. It is disheartening to know what things were going on. Worse is that they refused to agree to follow Catholic medical morals and ethics from here on out. We are definitely blessed here in phoenix to have Bishop Olmsted. I definitely believe that he is doing the right thing. It is refreshing to have a Bishop stand up for Church teaching. I only hope other Bishops will begin to do the same regarding some of the “Catholic” colleges.

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