Catholic bishops in Colorado add clarity to hospital case

The Huffington Post blasted the headline last month: “Catholic Hospital: Fetus Not Legally A Person.” Our Catholic bishops in Colorado acted immediately when the news hit and investigated exactly what happened. Yesterday, they released a statement. Here is an excerpt: Evidence indicates that St. Thomas More Hospital undertook all possible efforts to save Lori Stodghill. Medical experts... More

51 Catholic (+16 Religious) Institutions Opposing Obama/HHS Mandate

Every single bishop (all 180 who are the head of a diocese) in the United States has publicly condemned the Obama/HHS mandate. Now I’d like to begin compiling a list of Catholic (and religious) institutions who have said publicly they will fight or oppose the mandate. A few ground-rules: I’m only going to include institutions that have issued public statements online or a statement t... More

Kentucky Democrats Withhold Funds From Catholic Hospital Over Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Ideology

I’ve written before about the danger posed to the identity of Catholic hospitals when budget constraints force them to merge with secular hospitals. During the fight to pass Obamacare, Democrats routinely accused Catholics of valuing their (anti)abortion views over the needs of poor people. However, after the passage of Obamacare, Democrats have time and time again done precisely the same th... More

Will the “Peoria Solution” Play? Why We Must Fight Against the Systematic Dismantling of Catholic Social Services

They have a saying in advertising which you may have heard, “Will it play in Peoria?” That question now confronts the Diocese of Peoria and Catholics everywhere when it was announced that Catholic Charities of Peoria, starting February 1st, will transfer most of its staff and all of its caseload of 330 children to a newly-created non-profit called “The Center For Youth and Family... More

Bravo: Chicago Catholic Hospital offers to help women halt abortions

I am so pleased to see this initiative: A Chicago medical center has become one of the nation’s first Roman Catholic hospitals to adopt a practice of halting second-trimester abortions for women who change their minds after the multiday medical procedure has begun. The chance to stop a second-trimester abortion exists because it is a two- or three-day procedure. On the first day, doctors... More

In Phoenix, a bishop uses his staff (+4 updates)

Once again, I picked the wrong day to go on vacation. While driving to Michigan to spend Christmas break with family and friends, the announcement was made that Bishop Thomas Olmsted has indeed decided to revoke the Catholic status of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. This is the final fruit of a communications between Bishop Olmsted and representatives of the hospital whi... More

Breaking: +Olmsted ultimatum to CHW extended until next Tuesday

A communique from the Diocese of Phoenix: The Diocese of Phoenix has been in continuing conversation with Catholic Healthcare West about their Catholic identity and adherence to the teachings of the Church regarding their facilities within the Diocese of Phoenix. Late on Thursday, Dec. 16, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was in receipt of further communication from Catholic Healthcare West officials. ... More

Action: Support +Olmsted and Promote Catholic Identity at Phoenix Hospital!

Update: CHW responds to our social campaign in support of +Olmsted Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix is refusing to allow a Catholic hospital under his care to continue ignoring Church teaching: The Catholic bishop of Phoenix will strip St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center of its Catholic status on Friday if the hospital’s parent company, Catholic Healthcare West, does not meet ... More

Response: CNS author sides with Sr. Keehan against CV and bishops, and I argue they owe Catholics a correction

[update - in response to this post, CNS is changing their story. Scroll to the end of this post for my response.] It’s been quite some time since the Catholic News Service quoted my blogging efforts. The last time I can recall was back in late 2007. I’ve had my criticisms of CNS reporting over the years, and I’m not the only one: Carl Olson at Ignatius Press, Christopher Blosser... More

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