The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has taken away the Catholic status of a Phoenix hospital over a surgery that ended a woman’s pregnancy to save her life.
Bishop Thomas Olmsted announced the decision to remove St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Catholic status at a news conference Tuesday.
Olmsted says “the equal dignity of mother and her baby were not both upheld” and called the surgery an abortion.
He says the hospital is in violation of ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops, and will be prohibited from celebrating Mass and other Catholic traditions.
The hospital says the surgery was allowable under exceptions to the church’s abortion policy.