The mother may in fact die…

Apparently, the Roman Catholic doctrine is “shit happens.” At least, shit happens to women. From NPR:

Last November, a 27-year-old woman was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. She was 11 weeks pregnant with her fifth child, and she was gravely ill. According to a hospital document, she had “right heart failure,” and her doctors told her that if she continued with the pregnancy, her risk of mortality was “close to 100 percent.”

The doctors’ recommendation, which is credited with saving the woman’s life, was to terminate the pregnancy. The decision was approved by hospital administrator Sister Margaret McBride, under a US Catholic directive that allows the fetus to be killed to save the life of the mother. Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmstead “automatically” excommunicated Sister McBride, the greatest penalty the Church has.

“She consented in the murder of an unborn child,” says the Rev. John Ehrich, the medical ethics director for the Diocese of Phoenix. “There are some situations where the mother may in fact die along with her child. But — and this is the Catholic perspective — you can’t do evil to bring about good. The end does not justify the means.”

At the NPR link, you can hear the arrogant little prick explain why the greater good is to allow a woman to die.

Rev. Thomas Doyle, a canon lawyer, not only points out that the bishop had any number of alternatives to excommunication, but that Olmstead’s actions exemplify the most egregious hypocrisy in the Church.

“In the case of priests who are credibly accused and known to be guilty of sexually abusing children, they are in a sense let off the hook,” Doyle says.

Doyle says no pedophile priests have been excommunicated. When priests have been caught, he says, their bishops have protected them, and it has taken years or decades to defrock them, if ever.

“Yet in this instance we have a sister who was trying to save the life of a woman, and what happens to her? The bishop swoops down [and] declares her excommunicated before he even looks at all the facts of the case,” Doyle says.

Smug Rev. Elrich says he can’t make a distinction between pedophile priests and the hospital administrator. In other words, saving a woman’s life is as least as great an Evil as buggering little kids.

I find it appalling, not only that a Catholic bishop would so arbitrarily boot a hard-working nun out of the Church and forbid her from receiving the Sacraments, but that the “medical ethics director” would approve and rationalize such behavior. It certainly reveals the contempt in which the Church holds women.

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4 thoughts on “The mother may in fact die…

  1. Yes, it’s always best to let the woman die with the fetus, especially if she can be saved. After all, a woman’s prime function in life to push out kid after kid after kid, so why would she want to live after the fetus is dead? What would her purpose be? Caring for her other five children? Oh heavens, best to die a horrible death and be done with it.

  2. I find it appalling, not only that a Catholic bishop would so arbitrarily boot a hard-working nun out of the Church and forbid her from receiving the Sacraments, but that the “medical ethics director” would approve and rationalize such behavior. It certainly reveals the contempt in which the Church holds women” –Gummitch

    Gummitch old bean, I don’t understand your confusion, disgust and outrage.
    The essence and foundation of the Catholic Church, of all Christianity, of Judaism, Islam etc is complete and utter bullshit, piled on more bullshit.

    There is no reason in any of it–there can’t be because it’s all lies and nonsense. Therefore there can be no morality in it, no justice.

    There’s nothing revealed here that hasn’t been revealed since before there actually WAS a Catholic Church. It’s all there in the Holey Babble, right at the beginning and all the way through to the end.

    The Catholic Church as an institution will NEVER favor rationality and ordinary humanity over its insane dogma—to think otherwise would be stupid to the point of insanity.

    Excommunication? The hospital administrator can’t talk to someone/something that doesn’t exist, because some guy says so?
    Oh wow, that’s really harsh for what the Church is calling “murder”.

    In the real world, real murder will get you 10 years to life in prison or the death penalty.
    In the Insane Catholic Pretend World, pretend murder gets you pretend punishment, but it’s really very serious and real, because bullshit is real and if you don’t believe in all the bullshit, then it stops being ‘real’.

    So what is Sister McBride going to do about this?
    a) Recognize her excommunication as just nonsense?
    b) Or take it seriously?

    She seems quite practical and reasonable (so why is she a Catholic?—No-one is perfect, I guess) so she should just ignore it.
    But if it means something to her, then she’s an idiot.

  3. Untold trillions of priestly sperm are allowed to pass into oblivion or passed up the butts of choirboys. What could be more holy?

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