Tag Archive: The Catholic church

Dec 19 2012

Heed the warning of the Holy Father

LeftSidePositive pointed out yesterday that when Catholic archbishops prate of freedom of conscience they are bullshitting, because they don’t believe in or promote other people’s freedom of conscience to have nothing to do with Catholic rules. This needs to be mentioned more often. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement on religious freedom …

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Dec 18 2012

Yes, it is a sin

Cristina Odone is worried. What’s she worried about? She’s worried that Ireland is planning to change its abortion law – to legalize abortion when it’s necessary to save the woman’s life – on the basis of a mistake about what happened to Savita Halappanavar. Oh noes! I’m a Catholic but I believe abortion has to …

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Dec 06 2012

Shut up and obey

In writing that post I turned up this item from The Catholic Phoenix a couple of years ago. It’s special. Denys Powlett-Jones is commenting on the leaking of the bishop’s infamous letter to Catholic Healthcare West by the Arizona Republic. It is also no surprise that it is C(INO)HW who has decided to fight this …

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Nov 28 2012

The bishops really do mean it

Jen Gunter is also disturbed by what the Irish bishops said. Terminating a pregnancy is “gravely immoral in all circumstances.” All circumstances includes 17 weeks and ruptured membranes. Unless I misunderstand the meaning of “all,” then Irish Catholic Bishops also view ending a pregnancy at 17 weeks with ruptured membranes and sepsis, either by induction …

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Nov 19 2012

But it’s not just Ireland

Ann Marie Hourihane has an interesting piece in the Irish Times on how awkward it is for her to be in the US right now, because of all the shocked questions about how that hospital could have let Savita Halappanavar die rather than perform an abortion to complete the miscarriage that was already happening. Perhaps …

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Nov 18 2012

Within the Catholic moral tradition

A reader pointed out an article at “Catholic Health World” – Interjection: what the hell is “Catholic health”? I know, that’s not what they mean, it’s just the name of a publication of the CHUSA, the Catholic Health Association of the US. But that’s stupid too. We’re deadened to all this because of habituation. We’re …

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Nov 16 2012

Part 3 of the Legion of Death’s “Directives”

The instructions. Prenatal diagnosis is not permitted when undertaken with the intention of aborting an unborn child with a serious defect. No matter what the defect. No matter how unable the parents are to deal with an infant born to suffer and then die. No matter how much futile suffering is in store for the infant. Those …

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Nov 16 2012

The ERD part 2

The US Catholic bishops’ orders to Catholic health care providers. Page 20 still. 28. Each person or the person’s surrogate should have access to medical and moral information and counseling so as to be able to form his or her conscience. The free and informed health care decision of the person or the person’s surrogate …

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Nov 16 2012

Start at the beginning

Now. Let’s be thorough about this. I need to understand the Ethical and Religious Directives – commonly and folksily called ERD – and just exactly how they function, and why. I need to know if and how and why anyone relevant (like, hospital administrations, and medical practitioners) considers them binding. I also need to know …

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Nov 15 2012

Hospital administrators interfered

More detail, from the full report by the National Women’s Law Center. the Study revealed four serious lapses in care resulting from religious restrictions: Doctors performed medically unnecessary tests, resulting in delays in care and additional medical complications for patients. These tests were done solely to address hospital administrators’ concerns that the treatment complied with religious …

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