Judie Brown
A whole lot of nun-sense!
By Judie Brown
June 11, 2010

Between Sister Margaret Mary McBride http://www.todayonline.com/Commentary/EDC100528-0000062/Sister-Margaret-McBrides-choice of Phoenix and Sister Carol Keehan http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1984685_1984864_1985418,00.html of the Catholic Health Association, there's just a whole lot of misinformation and scandal going on. Much of the media persists in telling their tales from a very slanted perspective. Let's see if we can get the facts out and avoid the hyperbole that bathes controversial matters Catholic with deception.

Sister McBride was most recently characterized in USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-06-08-ethics08_ST_N.htm as the victim of an "angry bishop" who, they claim, rebuked the nun after she approved the abortion of a preborn child for the alleged reason that the baby's existence was threatening the life of the child's mother.

The fact is, however, that Sister McBride excommunicated herself, http://www.catholicsun.org/2010/phxdio-stjoes/Q-AND-A-ST-JOSEPH-HOSPITAL-FINAL.pdf at least according to Catholic Church law (Canon 1398 http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P57.HTM), which is far more credible than the USA Today report.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted explained this with great care. According to Catholic teaching, he wrote http://www.catholicsun.org/2010/phxdio-stjoes/DIOCESE-STATEMENT-051410.pdf, "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."

Perhaps this clear case of DIRECT KILLING is confusing to USA Today and that is why they opted to get opinions from Father Kevin O'Rourke rather than Bishop Olmsted. But watch out, because O'Rourke is not known for his orthodoxy. He once defended the direct killing by starvation of Terri Schiavo. http://www.cogforlife.org/orourkearticle.htm

Bioethicist O'Rourke seems a bit bewildered about the differences between killing on purpose and doing all one can to save two patients, even though in the process one of them may die. While O'Rourke's opinion is much to the liking of USA Today, it is still in error. His suggestion that the direct abortion of the baby in the Phoenix case could be perceived as "care" misses the point. He further pokes his professorial finger at the diocesan spokespeople, claiming they are not "well-schooled in bioethics."

And then there's Sister Carol Keehan, who was pressured by the Knights of Malta a few days ago to resign from a prestigious hospital board post. Why was that? Well, Sr. Keehan, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jun/10060413.html "in opposition to the United States bishops, was a key supporter of the abortion-expanding [Obamacare] bill — so much so that she was given one of the 21 ceremonial pens President Obama used to sign the measure into law."

Obama rather likes Sister Keehan and has for some time. As a matter of fact, in October of last year, when Blessed Damien of Hawaii was elevated to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI, the president selected Sister Keehan http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/10/president-honors-soontobe-saint-.html to be a member of his delegation. Yes, she officially represented the White House along with several dignitaries, including pro-abortion Hawaiian Senator Daniel Akaka.

Sister Carol was even described in Time magazine this past April by Senator Edward M. Kennedy's widow as "courageous and purposeful." A darling of the culture of death, at least when it comes to health care reform, is she.

And yes, Sister Carol is still at the helm of the CHA. This is why we issued a call to Cardinal Francis George, http://www.all.org/article.php?id=12833 president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to use his influence to have her dismissed. We did this based on the Cardinal's personal public expression of disagreement http://catholicexchange.com/2010/03/17/128158/ with the CHA's support of Obamacare.

Any Catholic nun who defends public actions or policies in direct conflict with the fundamental Catholic teaching that abortion is killing, is a Catholic nun who should be required by her bishop to deal with her errors, repent of her mistakes and seek Christ's mercy. Is that too much to ask, given the fact that this nun-sense is creating confusion and scandal? We think not.

© Judie Brown


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Judie Brown

Judie Brown is president and co-founder of American Life League, the nation's largest grassroots pro-life educational organization... (more)


Receive future articles by Judie Brown: Click here

More by this author


Stephen Stone
HAPPY EASTER: A message to all who love our country and want to help save it

Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
FLASHBACK to 2020: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Pete Riehm
Gloom and grift versus good and great

Cliff Kincaid
Honor victims of the U.S. government on Memorial Day

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 20: In their own words: The sexual revolution begins in Kindergarten

Jim Wagner
Islam for Dhimmis—Part I

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Repeating history: Medicinal whiskey’s echoes in medical marijuana policy

Randy Engel
A documentary: Opus Dei and the Knights of Columbus – The anatomy of a takeover bid, Part VI

Jerry Newcombe
Electoral College dropout?

Curtis Dahlgren
The "Hand of History" writes its own reply to arrogance

Pete Riehm
Our fallen fought not just for freedom but truth

Linda Kimball
Christendom and Protestant America’s apostasy into paganism: A timeline

Jim Wagner
Why the Left loves Allah

Randy Engel
A Documentary: Opus Dei and the Knights of Columbus – The anatomy of a takeover bid, Part V
  More columns


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons


Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites