Two Ariz. hospitals could lose Roman Catholic status
Two Catholic Healthcare West hospitals are in danger of losing their status as Roman Catholic institutions as a result of incidents including an abortion approved by a nun at the system’s largest hospital. The Rev. Thomas Olmsted, bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, said in written statements that Sister Margaret McBride was excommunicated after she admitted to Olmsted that she approved of the abortion after the pregnancy was said to have threatened the life of the mother. A statement from 738-bed St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix said the hospital is standing by McBride, who remains on staff and has been appointed to a position focusing on strategic initiatives. The bishop’s statement also criticized San Francisco-based CHW’s224-bed Chandler (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center where the bishop said a similar incident occurred. “These realities are a scandal to the faithful and must cease if CHW wishes to … maintain its recognition as a Catholic institution in the Diocese of Phoenix,” the statement said.