This Is Why I’m Not Catholic Part 2

More crap from Arizona but related to the Catholic Church instead.

A Catholic nun and longtime administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix was reassigned in the wake of a decision to allow a pregnancy to be ended in order to save the life of a critically ill patient.

The decision also drew a sharp rebuke from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, head of the Phoenix Diocese, who indicated the woman was “automatically excommunicated” because of the action.

Neither the hospital nor the bishop’s office would address whether the bishop had a direct role in her demotion. He does not have control of the hospital as a business but is the voice of moral authority over any Catholic institution operating in the diocese.

The actions involving the administrator, mostly taken within the past couple of weeks, followed a last-minute, life-or-death drama in late 2009. The patient had a rare and often fatal condition in which a pregnancy can cause the death of the mother.

Sister Margaret McBride, who had been vice president of mission integration at the hospital, was on call as a member of the hospital’s ethics committee when the surgery took place, hospital officials said. She was part of a group of people, including the patient and doctors, who decided upon the course of action.

Guess what, women: you’re nothing but baby manufacturers, stop thinking you have rights.

handmaids-tale Sadly this crap isn’t limited to the Catholic Church. The American protestant religions would think the same way and act the same way if they had a way to excommunicate someone. The idea that the Tea Party movement is a feminist movement or that protestants or Catholics care about women’s rights is hilarity. No,  these people are doing the work of the dark side, the side which would remind women they came from Adam’s rib and need to bow before him, as if a god himself.

Then you have the the flip side: über-feminists who really aren’t feminists. Her Bad Mother, Catherine, got spit in her eye by an über-feminist who believes women shouldn’t have the right to choose what to do with their life. I’m all for empowering women to get an education and go out into the world to make a difference but people forget that there just might be a possibility a woman might want to stay at home and raise the children she gave birth to. That’s her choice to do so. If it’s demanded of her husband or some man, that’s different, but people should not assume a woman is being oppressed because she chooses to become a stay-at-home mother.

You see, this is about choice. Women’s choice to do as they wish with their bodies. The antediluvian religious people can have their faith and shove their heads up their asses all they want but let’s be realistic about it and call it for what it is: they hate women. On the flip side, the über-feminists who get offended and appalled whenever a woman chooses to stay at home instead of crush testicles under their heels (ironically, raising a pair of kids to kick some ass in life is more efficient than a single person doing it), hate women as well—they resent their ability to choose what to do with their bodies and their lives.

These religious hate-mongers and über-feminists are opposite sides of the same coin. I suggest no one bother flipping it and instead sit the damn coin on its side. I’m the last person to suggest anyone take up the “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual” flag—and I won’t—but reconsider if you want to latch onto something that is based on hatred and/or resentment for half of the human puzzle.


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