Following up on Jim Keane's post below, don't miss Grant Gallicho's post over at Dotcommonweal on Bishop Olmsted's decision to strip St. Joseph's Hospital of its Catholic status. It's a lot more nuanced than today's New York Times editorial, which referred approvingly to the hospital's "abortion care." And in case you missed these two excellent pieces by Kevin Rourke. O.P., in America the first time around, they are well worth a review; the first, "Complications," talks about "a questionable excommunication"; the second, "From Intuition to Moral Principle," is a follow-up article that looks at the traditional moral principles surrounding the case. By way of i.d., Kevin O’Rourke, O.P.,J.C.D., S.T.M., is a professor of bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and a consultant for many Catholic health care corporations.
James Martin, SJ