Sister Margaret committed an unpardonable sin in the Catholic Church. She saved a woman’s life. In order to save her life, she had to help make the incredibly difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy. Of course, the Catholic Church can’t abide that kind of humanity within its ranks. Child rape, yes, but being part of a decision to save a woman’s life via an abortion? Do not pass “Go!” Do not collect $200.00 and experience immediate EXCOMMUNICATION!
Sister Margaret was a member of that committee. She declined to discuss the episode with me, but the bishop of Phoenix, Thomas Olmsted, ruled that Sister Margaret was “automatically excommunicated” because she assented to an abortion.
“The mother’s life cannot be preferred over the child’s,” the bishop’s communication office elaborated in a statement.
Let us just note that the Roman Catholic hierarchy suspended priests who abused children and in some cases defrocked them but did not normally excommunicate them, so they remained able to take the sacrament.
What hypocrisy! What kind of organization would punish someone of faith, like a nun, and refuse her the sacraments of her faith simply because she had to make that incredibly difficult but ethically correct decision? Does the church think the nun took sardonic pleasure in having to make the decision to terminate a pregnancy to save the woman’s life?!!? Furthermore, a doctor at her hospital has lamented Sister Margaret is “a saintly nun?” The Catholic Church just needs to stop calling itself a church. Pathetic.