December 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix is saddened by the action taken by CHW and the leadership at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in refusing to recognize the authority of Bishop Olmsted. We are thankful to God for the fortitude demonstrated by Bishop Olmsted. As shepherd of souls in the Diocese of Phoenix, he is called to exercise the authority of the Apostles in governing the local Church. This authority extends to whether the Ethical and Religious Directives are interpreted and implemented properly at Catholic hospitals in his diocese. We continue to pray for conversion of heart of the leadership at CHW and St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix supports Bishop Olmsted
The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix fully supports the Most Reverend Thomas Olmsted with respect to matters of life of a mother pregnant with a child in her womb. The Guild stands by the Church's teaching that is guided by the Holy Spirit in ordering life towards Truth and Love.
An action that is in and of itself wrong, in that it lacks goodness as discerned by the light of human reason, is never justified by circumstances or intended end. Such is the case of abortion. A medical procedure, where the direct intention or the sole immediate effect is the termination of pregnancy, is an abortion.
Medical treatments are appropriate for the direct purpose of curing a proportionately pathological condition of a pregnant woman, when they cannot be safely postponed until the unborn child is viable. When an unborn child attains viability, labor may be induced.