December 2010

In our previous post, we looked at the situation regarding Fr. Albert Cutié, who has written a self-justifying book regarding the scandal he created by having an inappropriate romantic (and presumably sexual) relationship with a woman and, when this relationship was revealed through the press, abandoned his role as a Catholic priest, joined the Episcopalian […]

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Of course all humans have an impulse to justify their sinful actions. It requires grace and humility to not try to justify them and to acknowledge their sinfulness. That makes this kind of a dog-bites-man story, but it’s a dog-bites-man story that’s going to be getting a considerable amount of attention in the next few […]

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One of my favorite humorists is the early 20th century Canadian economics professor Stephen Leacock. No, really! A professor of "the dismal science" who had a really great sense of humor! One of my favorite Leacock books is Nonsense Novels, which came out in 1911. In it, each chapter is a parody of a popular […]

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The Diocese of Phoenix has now made available the decree of Bishop Olmsted revoking his permission for St. Joseph’s Medical Center to use the name “Catholic.” This is a welcome development, since it is always good to see the instrument itself by which such things are done (and they are only very rarely done)—as opposed […]

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Parts in this series: one, two, three, four, five Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix has stripped St. Joseph’s Medical Center of its status as a Catholic institution. The decision was announced Tuesday at a press conference in Phoenix.  The following is the statement released by the Diocese of Phoenix in the wake […]

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According to an agreement worked out last week, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) has until tomorrow (Tuesday, December 21), to respond to Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s requirements concerning how it operates St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Diocese of Phoenix. Whatever happens in that case, the story just got a lot bigger. Because CHW operates hospitals throughout […]

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Yesterday I reported on the situation between Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted and St. Joseph’s Medical Center, which operates in his diocese as a Catholic hospital and whose parent company, Catholic Healthcare West, has been slow to comply with the good bishop’s requirements that it implement in his diocese the U.S. bishop’s Ethical and Religious Directives […]

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It's when you're totally exhausted and you're lying in bed trying to fall asleep but you're suffering from a bout of insomnia and you want to fall asleep more than anything and you don't realize it but you actually are asleep, having a nightmare about experiencing insomnia. GAH! I've had insomnia ever since I was a […]

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Tomorrow (Friday, December 17th) there may be one less Catholic hospital in America. Why? Because Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix has set that date as the deadline for Catholic Healthcare West (based in San Francisco) to indicate that it will comply with his demands regarding St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, which is […]

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