Earlier there was some information on Bishop removing the Catholic status from another hospital.
PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 22 (CNA) .- The Diocese of Phoenix clarified over the weekend that a hospital working on certifying its Catholic identity has not been stripped of its Catholic status.
“Contrary to reports in the media, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has not been stripped of its Catholic status,” the diocese said in an Oct. 20 statement.
“The hospital is in the process of renewing its status and ensuring its compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. This renewal process was necessary following the corporate reorganization of its parent company in January.”
The renewal is needed because Mercy Gilbert’s parent company, Catholic Healthcare West, was reorganized as a secular company under the name Dignity Health on Jan. 23.
As a result, Mercy Gilbert needs to renew their recognition as a Catholic institution with the Phoenix diocese.
Because this is an ongoing process, “Bishop Olmsted has a duty to the Catholic faithful to inform them that he cannot state with moral certitude that Mercy Gilbert Hospital provides Catholic health care which is in full conformity with the teaching of the Church,” the diocese said in an Oct. 18 press release.
Once the process is completed by the hospital, Bishop Olmsted will be able to recognize their Catholic identity.
This story from the Catholic News Service is a bit confusing. I don’t think the process being completed is what would enable the Bishop to give approval, but instead that it is found in conformity to Church teaching and the ERD. Though I would be skeptical that a company called “Dignity Health” will comply. Dignity seems to be the buzzword used whenever you want to approve some evil.