It's disgusting how MONEY can change an attitude in certain situations like the following. I'm just so disgusted with religions that have lost their way. Religions are supposed to teach love, forgiveness, help others in need and religious people are forced to live a life of poverty, when the Pope and the heirarchy live comfortably and surrounded by all they need.
A nun I befriended (who since passed) lived in poverty her entire life. All she owned fit in two suitcases. She was denied basic comforts and gave her life to others.
**2/5/13 10:08am UPDATE: from Reuters News today: Catholic hospital group apologizes for fetus lawsuit defense http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/05/us-usa-catholic-lawsuit-idUSBRE91405U20130205?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
A Fetus Is Not a Person if it Costs us Money, Says Catholic Church
STORY in the COLORADO INDEPENDENT:
This Article in ALTERNET.ORG:
January 24, 2013 |
And all of this—all of it—goes back to the Church's insistence that life begins with your very first hell-worthy dirty thought and must be protected at all costs, despite all consequences, including, of course, the consequence of dead women, whose lives are not nearly as valuable as the "life" of an unborn fetus. In just the past year, the Church has called upon its faithful followers to march, to starve themselves, to go to jail, to even take up arms—all to protect those fetuses. No exceptions. None. Not if the fetus is already dead inside the womb. Not if the fetus is going to kill the actual living woman carrying it. No exceptions EVER.
Well, except for one: when it's going to cost the Church money.
Turns out, when a man sues a Catholic hospital for malpractice because his wife and the twins she was carrying inside her died when she turned up in the emergency room and her doctor never bothered to answer a page—well, things get a little tricky. Yes, the Catholic hospital adheres to the strict Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church, as set forth by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. And yes, those directives include the claim that "[t]he Church's defense of life encompasses the unborn" and a mandate to uphold "the sanctity of life 'from the moment of conception until death.'" But come on. That obviously does not apply when Catholic Health Initiatives, the Church-affiliated organization that runs the Church-affiliated St. Thomas More Hospital where a young woman and her two unborn fetuses died, is the lead defendant in a lawsuit:
Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.
As Jason Langley, an attorney with Denver-based Kennedy Childs, argued in one of the briefs he filed for the defense, the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”Thank you, counselor, for totally undermining everything the Catholic Church has ever said about women and health care and fetuses and the "sanctity of life," just to save a buck, thereby confirming how very empty and meaningless all that rhetoric really is. Praise the Lord.