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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Phoenix Bishop Threatens To Revoke Hospital's Catholic Status

You may recall a dispute from several months ago between Phoenix Bishop Olmsted and a Catholic hospital about the nature of an abortion procedure that occurred at the hospital: briefly, the bishop says that the procedure was immoral, while the hospital says that it was necessary and moral.

Recent developments is that the hospital refuses to agree with the bishop's position, so the bishop has threatened to revoke the Catholic status of the hospital. The bishop's letter is a must read. (Initially, the bishop gave a deadline of December 17, but he has extended it to December 21.)

UPDATE: The dispute was not resolved by December 21, so the bishop has now officially revoked the hospital's status as Catholic. More information here, including a full public statement by the bishop.

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