Two Ariz. hos­pi­tals could lose Ro­man Catholic sta­tus

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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.

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