Murderous conscience.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 @ 9:26 am | Abortion, Religion

In a Sullivan post describing the Vatican crackdown on nuns for getting a little too free in their manner and thinking, this stuck out:

In 2009, a woman arrived in the emergency room at St. Joseph’s hospital in Phoenix. She was twenty-seven years old, eleven weeks pregnant, and she was dying. Her heart was failing, and her doctors agreed that the only way to save her life was to end her pregnancy, and that her condition was too critical to move her to another, non-Catholic hospital. The member of the ethics committee who was on call was Sister Margaret McBride. She gave her approval, under the theory that termination of the pregnancy would be the result but not the purpose of the procedure. The woman, who had four small children, went home to them. When the Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix heard what happened, he excommunicated Sister Margaret on the spot. A Church that had been so protective of priests who deliberately hurt children—keeping them in its fold, sending them, as priests, to new assignments—couldn’t tolerate her. A spokesman for the diocese called her a party to “murder.”

The diocese would have murdered her before that baby was ever born and washed its hands under the pretense of caring about life.

I’m just not sure how anybody perceives the papacy and its entourage of freaks and monsters to be in any way functional, humane, or particularly holy. It’s just an anachronistic club of men strangely convinced they should hold the world in thrall of a wisdom they haven’t been perceived to hold since before the days their penchant for children-buggery came to light. Increasingly the church has cheapened itself with political zealotry, attaching itself most fervently to issues of sex and sexuality, allying itself with the warmongering, poor-hating, torture-loving Republican Party. Let’s not mention the bright little fat bishop who declared President Obama to be just like ol’ Hitler n’Stalin (who the Vatican got so up in arms about back in the day you could hear a pin drop on a Jewish skull).

It’s especially strange that the Catholic Church, supposedly the same 2000 year old church that directly sprang from Jesus and the disciples, has so fervently jumped on a historically recent bandwagon in American culture where people decided abortion was so bad they had to have a reason why and therefore declared every zygote a fully fledged human being with more rights than the mother herself. Especially since this has involved more of an alliance with Evangelical Protestants, not the American Catholic population. Again and again, the priesthood pursues its own interests and priorities, and expects the world to get in line.

Bless each day we resist.

-hw

8 Responses to “Murderous conscience.”

  1. Personal Responsibility Says:

    Nobody is required to be a nun. Nobody is required to support the Catholic Church. Nobody is required to attend a Catholic Church. Nobody is required to use a Catholic supported hospital. Nobody is required to be a Catholic. It is called “Freedom of Association.” So if you don’t like it, you don’t have to participate, support or associate. Now that’s freedom – learn to love it. Leave the Catholic Church alone and mind your own business. In other words, since you are not a member of the church, SHUT UP.

  2. AJKamper Says:

    When the church indulges in evil, it’s our responsibility as American citizens to call them out on it. Period. Or do you think that as long as someone says beliefs and actions taken because of those beliefs are part of their religion we aren’t allowed to call them wrong?

  3. Henry Whistler Says:

    Freedom, what a concept. Perhaps I have freedom of speech to state my opinion about the people who run the Catholic Church?

    And of course, the Catholic Church just minds its own business and doesn’t try to influence the political process and get its theological preferences encoded in law, right?

    If you can’t listen to criticism of the Catholic Church hierarchy (I have a pretty good opinion of the average Catholic churchgoer, much better people than the priesthood), that’s your problem, not mine. If you have to try to tell other people to shut up, it’s likely because you can’t address the problem yourself so you’d rather bury it.

  4. Ian Winthorp Says:

    Yes, you are correct. We all have that freedom, so I will tell you to shut up. Those of us in the Motherland have a different view about what it means to be liberal. It is quite different than those of you who dwell, or should I say wallow, in the pig slop state of iowa.

  5. Henry Whistler Says:

    Great, a name change and schoolyard horseshit.

    A lot easier than defending the church’s actions, to be sure.

    Or questioning it yourself.

    Unfortunately, running around the Internet telling people to shut up only highlights how little ground you have to stand on. You merely concede the guilt of the church in this matter.

  6. mike Says:

    Ian Winthorp> The reciting of the virtues of free association isn’t a very good defense for child rapists and the people and organizations that actively cover up such abuses. That includes the people like yourself that would rather victims and their families “shut up” than demand justice.

  7. sarah Says:

    Nuns rock! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/kristof-we-are-all-nuns.html?_r=1

  8. Henry Whistler Says:

    Holy smokes. That Sister Rachele story about her chasing down and confronting Joseph Kony herself, and getting out alive with most of the girls is simply beyond my comprehension.

    Yeah, Catholics would be way, way better off looking to their nuns for teaching by example.