Jan. 29th, 2011

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Tussling Over Jesus
By Nicholas D. Kristof

The National Catholic Reporter newspaper put it best: "Just days before Christians celebrated Christmas, Jesus got evicted."

Yet the person giving Jesus the heave-ho in this case was not a Bethlehem innkeeper. Nor was it an overzealous mayor angering conservatives by pulling down Christmas decorations. Rather, it was a prominent bishop, Thomas Olmsted, stripping St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix of its affiliation with the Roman Catholic diocese.

The hospital's offense? It had terminated a pregnancy to save the life of the mother. The hospital says the 27-year-old woman, a mother of four children, would almost certainly have died otherwise.

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Please read Manson's original column and the National Women's Law Center report; they're linked within the body of the article and are worth the read!

I've really disapproved of the direction that the Vatican has been going, and this just makes me so happy that it's not just non-Catholics who are fed up with the bullshit from the higher-ups. And a million kudos to Sister McBride for doing what she did, and another million kudos for St. Joseph's for unifying behind her.

The closing quotation and paragraph made me tear up.

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