Posted by: Christine Johnson | January 5, 2011


The National Catholic Reporter has named someone as a “Person of the Year” for the first time.  They’ve chosen a nun who defied bishops and made excuses for a Catholic hospital that performed an illicit abortion.

First, she claimed that the Health Care Reform Bill was something Catholics could support without any problem, something that the bishops unanimously agreed was not so.  The HCR funds abortion, period.  But now, she’s really popular with Catholics who don’t know or understand their faith and the teachings of the Church because she is trying to justify a formerly-Catholic hospital performing an abortion on a healthy baby because the mother had a condition that was not life-threatening.  (Hypertension is treatable during pregnancy and only life-threatening if you don’t do something about it.)

NCR claims that the nun in question demonstrated bravery, but real bravery is standing for right, even when conventional wisdom says you’re wrong.  Even when modern morals (if you can call them that) say that killing a healthy unborn child is acceptable.  What would have been brave was if the hospital (and the nuns) in question had stood up for the Catholic teachings they are supposed to uphold instead of caving to pressures from modern society.

That’s real bravery.

So, the hospital in question – Saint Joseph’s – has been stripped of it’s Catholic designation.  This is not something Bishop Olmsted did lightly or even quickly.  He’d been working for years to rectify the situation and bring the hospital in line with the teachings of the Church.

My question is this:

Can the same be done to National Catholic Reporter?  They are pretty adamant that abortion is okay, from what I’ve seen, and they seem to thrive on making excuses for Catholics who won’t follow the Church’s teachings.  (If you are a devout Catholic, you don’t even want to poke around the site, lest you start having palpitations.  They like defending people who say things like “In other words, Jesus’ divine sonship — his filial relationship to the Father — is defined in terms of his obedience to God and his role as the Suffering Servant, and not in terms of his eternal pre-existence in God as the Logos. …”  Yes, you read that right; he’s saying Jesus is not Eternal.  Maybe he should read John’s Gospel more carefully.)

Faithful Catholics looking for news would do better to keep up with the National Catholic Register, which prides itself on its fidelity to the Magisterium.

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