Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor takes a stand

From CWN:

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the senior prelate of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has instructed a Catholic hospital to cease in vitro fertilisation treatments, contraception distribution, and abortion referrals.
The new code of ethics will be based on Catholic teaching on the value of human life and sexual morality. In addition to abortion referrals, IVF, and contraception, the hospital will also ban the use of amniocentesis, a test commonly used as a "search and destroy" tool for eliminating handicapped children.
Well I say good for the Cardinal! While this has apparently been some time in coming, the important point at this time is that the Cardinal is doing the right thing. What do those at the hospital have to say?
Far from expressing any discomfort at the criticism, the hospital responded defiantly, saying it was committed to an “ecumenical philosophy and was responsible for the care of all.” In March 2006, the hospital argued that it was obliged under British law to refer for abortions.

The horrors of false ecumenism strike again. Has no one ever told these people that we cannot confirm another in their sin, particularly in one so utterly catastrophic as this. One could say, get with the program or get off the bus...