The Catholic Church that is. Oh, there have been some absolute stonkers over the years, and today is no different.
According to the AP, a nun in Arizona has been excommunicated from the Catholic Church after agreeing that a seriously ill woman should have an abortion in order to survive. Sister Margaret McBride sat on the ethics committee of a hospital which admitted a young woman who was 11 weeks pregnant late last year. The woman was suffering from a life threatening condition which would have almost certainly led to her death if she hadn’t had an abortion. Sister McBride saw the facts and agreed that in this case an abortion was necessary.
In a letter to a local newspaper Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Head of the Phoenix Diocese, wrote:
“I am gravely concerned by the fact that an abortion was performed several months ago in a Catholic hospital in this diocese,” Olmsted said in a statement sent to The Arizona Republic. “I am further concerned by the hospital’s statement that the termination of a human life was necessary to treat the mother’s underlying medical condition.
“An unborn child is not a disease. While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother’s life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means.”
So they both should have died? Fair play to Sister McBride who obviously had a bit of sense. It’s a shame the Catholic Church couldn’t learn a little from her.