UCTAA churchlight

Site Search via Google

Discussion 11 to Reflections on Ethics 36
Blindly following rules

To add to this exchange of views (or any other,) please use the Contact form.

A Catholic nun, Sister Margaret McBride, on the ethics committee at a Phoenix hospital was recently excommunicated for approving an abortion. The abortion, performed 11 weeks into the pregnancy was performed solely to save the mother's life.

Catholic Healthcare West, the organization which manages the hospital, wrote to the Bishop of Phoenix defending Sister McBride stating "If there had been a way to save the pregnancy and still prevent the death of the mother, we would have done it. We are convinced there was not."

That seems to make it pretty clear. But not to the Bishop. He released a statement:

"The direct killing of an unborn child is always immoral, no matter the circumstances, and it cannot be permitted in any institution that claims to be authentically Catholic." (emphasis added)

This is not morality. This is unthinkingly callously following rules. Who cares if the mother dies taking her unborn child with her? Not the Bishop of Phoenix! Not the Pope! Let the poor woman die - it's the rule of the Catholic Church. And rules must be followed. A rule made by idiots! Evil idiots!

Sister Margaret McBride has more moral sense than that possessed together by all the bishops, all the archbishops, all the cardinals in the Catholic hierarchy along with the Pope, all of them men who never have to risk being placed in this position.