Monday, January 28, 2013

Update on the Colorado Lawsuit

According to The Denver Post, the bishops of Colorado are undertaking a full investigation of the hospital and its owner, Catholic Health Initiatives, but will not comment on ongoing litigation.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hypocrisy at St. Thomas More Hospital

Canon City, Colorado (CNN) -- Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite.

A fetus is not legally a person until it is born, the hospital's lawyers have claimed in its defense. And now it may be up to the state's Supreme Court to decide.
They said that under state law, an embryo is not person until it is born alive, according to court documents. The Stodghills' twins were deceased when they were removed from their mother's lifeless body.
There is no excuse for a "Catholic" hospital to be making this argument, even if it a legal maneuver to use already existing state law as a defense.  The administrators of St. Thomas More Hospital and Centura Health should be ashamed of themselves!  I hope the Colorado bishops who are looking into this matter will right this wrong as quickly as possible.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Patrick McCloskey and Joseph Harris: Roman Catholic Education, in Need of Salvation

The New York Times, hat-tip to TitusOneNine.

Their suggestion for salvation:

Many deacons have valuable professional, managerial and entrepreneurial expertise that could revitalize parochial education. If they were given additional powers to perform sacraments and run parishes, a married priesthood would become a fait accompli. Celibacy should be a sacrifice offered freely, not an excuse for institutional suicide.

No thanks.

Notre Dame and the National Championship

In case you missed it, last night the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame lost to the Crimson Tide of Alabama.  When I went to bed, the score was 35-7.

One of the newsy blogs I read,, had an open thread post up last night for the game.

In the post, the author links to an article by Michael Leahy at The Washington Post and quotes a bit of it.  Here is a small portion of that quote:

[T]o this day, Notre Dame remains a political and social battleground for American Catholics. The university’s invitation for President Obama to deliver the 2009 commencement address became a national controversy, with conservative Catholics opposing the president’s positions on abortion rights and stem-cell research. And last year, the university filed suit against the federal government, seeking to overturn a requirement in Obama’s health-care law that employers offer insurance plans including contraception coverage — a move that more politically moderate church members resented, concerned that Notre Dame would seek to deprive women, Catholic or not, of such coverage.

The rest of the quote at goes on with Leahy positing that due to its Catholicness and ethics as far as recruiting players who are academically capable (as opposed to the SEC schools who are just out to gain talented football players at any cost),  ND is somehow carrying on the tradition of the Church of his youth with its nagging, dogged adherence to standards of old.

That's an interesting narrative Leahy (and by extension) is pushing, but it's also wrong.  I'm not going to go out of my way to illustrate why beyond just looking at the excerpt I give above.  Leahy says that the invitation to the president became a national controversy with conservative Catholics opposing the president's positions on abortion and stem-cell research (his words).  He misses the fact that conservative Catholics (let's just ignore his use of secular terminology) were as much up in arms with Notre Dame itself as they were with Obama and his well-known positions.  ND invited Obama and when it blew up in its face, it gave out a wishy-washy justification about dialogue.  Then it went so far as to prosecute eighty-eight people for their protesting Obama's speech.

Leahy asks if Catholics have a duty to root for the Irish?  The answer is only if Catholics are willing to accept the Notre Dame narrative at face value.