Remember when that Catholic hospital argued in court that fetuses weren’t people (because they’re only moral absolutes until they’re inconvenient)? I read on Ed Brayton’s blog this morning that now, after they’ve already won the case, the heads of that hospital are very sorry. They didn’t know their lawyers were using such an immoral argument!
Miguel De La Torre, a professor at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, noted that the church often argues for laws recognizing a fetus as a human being.
“If that legislation was to come up again, how could the Catholic Church argue we should protect the rights of a fetus?” he said.
Indeed, last week Colorado’s bishops met with executives at Catholic Healthcare Initiatives, a branch of the church that operates the hospital at the center of the case, to review how the lawsuit was handled. The two released separate statements Monday saying CHI executives had been unaware of the legal arguments and pledging to “work for comprehensive change in Colorado’s law, so that the unborn may enjoy the same legal protections as other persons.”
Man, the Catholic Church has been conveniently ignorant a lot lately.
In their Monday statement, Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan and Pueblo Bishop Fernando Isern said: “Catholic healthcare institutions are, and should, be held to the high standard of Jesus Christ himself.”
And how, exactly, do they intend to do that? By coming out after the fact and saying that fetuses are people, despite the arguments their lawyers made on their behalf, they are saying that the court got it wrong. Will the hospital now act as though they had been wrong? I mean hell, if fetuses are people, and that’s what the Catholic Church believes, why was this ever in court? Shouldn’t the Catholic Church and their hospital have realized that their shortcomings cost two lives and, being the moral bastions for all of humanity, sought to make amends? Will the Church now take it upon themselves to pay a settlement to the man who, if you believe fetuses are people, lost his two daughters due to the hospital’s negligence?
Of course they won’t.
All the way down to its clumsy attempts to protect child-raping priests by shuffling them off to a new set of victims, it is clear that the Catholic Church is far more concerned with its image and with dodging responsibility for their transgressions than for any of their victims. Their goal in court was to avoid financial accountability for what they did (or, in the case of that dying woman, what they didn’t do), and they achieved it. And all it took to repair their image was just a little dishonesty.