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May 18, 2010

Nun excommunicated for saving patient’s life.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 9:11 pm
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Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

From AZCentral:

A Catholic nun and longtime administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix was reassigned in the wake of a decision to allow a pregnancy to be ended in order to save the life of a critically ill patient.

The decision also drew a sharp rebuke from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, head of the Phoenix Diocese, who indicated the woman was “automatically excommunicated” because of the action.

Just so we’re clear: The well-being of little bundles of cells that are about as sentient as a bowl of tomato soup? Way more important than the lives of feeling, self-aware people1, clearly. Anyone who disagrees with this is to be immediately excommunicated! We must protect the innocent babies! ..unless they’re children who’re being raped by priests. If that’s the case, some exculpatory hand-waving and paper-shuffling is certainly in order, until we’re able to transfer these blameless servants of god to a parish full of poor and/or brown people.

1. Of course, that’s assuming that wimmenfolk count as people in the first place. The Catholic Church’s official positions seem to indicate otherwise.

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5 Comments »

  1. You’re stupid if you actually believe the last line.

    A bowl of tomato soup will not be a human being, and has less life. That it doesn’t look like a human baby yet is meaningless. But incidentally, it does look human at 11 weeks.

    I wonder what other treatment was tried before resorting to abortion (especially since abortion is supposed to be the last resort-you know, rare)?

    What you don’t know is that anyone who disagrees with the Catholic Church on the fundamentals of the faith is, by definition, no longer Catholic. So a nun who does not treat life as precious would find herself at odds with the Catholic Church, and is, by definition, excommunicated. By her actions. Oh! The horror! Shouldn’t she be in jail for murder?

    Comment by David — May 18, 2010 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  2. “A bowl of tomato soup will not be a human being, and has less life. That it doesn’t look like a human baby yet is meaningless. But incidentally, it does look human at 11 weeks.”

    Potentiality (i.e. the fact that something has the potential to develop into a person) has no bearing on the ethics of abortion.

    “What you don’t know is that anyone who disagrees with the Catholic Church on the fundamentals of the faith is, by definition, no longer Catholic.”

    Gee, I guess someone needs to tell all those Catholic married couples who’re using birth control that they’re no longer Catholic.

    “So a nun who does not treat life as precious would find herself at odds with the Catholic Church…”

    If only all the child-raping priests who don’t ‘treat life as precious’ would meet similar rebuke.

    Comment by atumbledowntherabbithole — May 18, 2010 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

  3. “Gee, I guess someone needs to tell all those Catholic married couples who’re using birth control that they’re no longer Catholic.”

    They already know it.

    “If only all the child-raping priests who don’t ‘treat life as precious’ would meet similar rebuke.”

    They do.

    Comment by David — May 19, 2010 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

    • “They already know it.”

      Must be why mass attendance is at an all-time low – all the condom-using fornicators are losing interest.

      “They do.”

      Gee, I must have missed all those widespread public condemnations of rapist priests from their fellow clergymen.

      Comment by atumbledowntherabbithole — May 20, 2010 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  4. You think Mass is only for saints? Anybody can come to mass, even you.

    And yes, you must have missed it. Maybe because the media didn’t report it very well. Catholic media reports it just fine.

    Comment by David — May 21, 2010 @ 5:02 pm | Reply


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