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St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix Ends up Losing It’s Religion

Posted Dec 22 2010 1:14am

Last week the controversy was there and this week it happened.  So away go all the Catholic masses and other items related to the church.  Mercy Care Plan, a nonprofit health insurance plan for poor patients was also said to be tied in to the violations of the Church.  BD  image

PHOENIX — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church Tuesday because of a surgery that ended a woman's pregnancy to save her life.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted called the 2009 procedure an abortion and said St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center — recognized internationally for its neurology and neurosurgery practices — violated ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops.

St. Joseph's does not receive direct funding from the church, but in addition to losing its Catholic endorsement, the 697-bed hospital will no longer be able to celebrate Mass and must remove the Blessed Sacrament from its chapel.

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