This is news from last week, but it is important we not forget the brave stand on principle that Bishop Thomas Olmsted has made, and how his detractors are seeking to tear him down.
From my father canon lawyer Ed Peters’ blog:
In their editorial announcing Sr. Carol Keehan as the National Catholic Reporter’s “Person of the Year”, the NCR editors make an astounding claim. It reads as follows (my emphasis):
“As NCR tried to report on St. Joseph’s losing its Catholic status, we sought comments from ecclesial authorities and canon lawyers. Despite copious commentary produced over several months from ethicists and moral theologians who reasoned the hospital had acted compassionately and morally, no one had much to say for the record on this latest development, beyond acknowledging Olmsted’s right to do what he thinks best in his own diocese. No one, that is, except the Catholic Health Association, led by Keehan, who supported the hospital.”
Oh really? No one among those “ecclesial authorities and canon lawyers” had much to say about this case? No one except CHA and Keehan?
Well, how about me? I had a lot to say about the Phoenix case, and said it for the record, including some of it at NCR’s request! [Continue reading what he had to say]
Also among those who “didn’t have much to say?” The National Catholic Bioethics Center. But I guess anyone who agrees with Olmsted, by NCReporter’s definition, didn’t have much to say.
On a related note, for those who are sincere about attempting to understand the Church’s position and the resources that are available to women facing problem pregnancies, see BeNotAfraid.
Support and answers are out there – if we only take the time to look.