Every once in a while, a Bishop stands up and does what is right in God’s eyes, and then ‘takes it on the chin’ from the world, which unfortunately includes many who claim to be Catholic. Bishop Olmsted, from the Phoenix Diocese, followed through with an excommunication of a nun and others who authorized and ‘executed’ this authorization to kill a child in a Catholic hospital. By following through on the Code of Cannon Law that is very clear, this Bishop is under fire from many different factions, and those that truly consider themselves pro life need to show support for this Bishop.
This is a great opportunity to stand up and publicly affirm our Lord and his teachings. The letter has been reprinted in its entirety, and the site to sign on is posted below. This will take little time to complete, but will be an immense help to the Bishop and to those willing to engage in this very worthy cause. This Petition is sponsored by American Life League (ALL), and please take the time to sign on and show your support. The letter follows:
In late 2009, Sr. Margaret McBride, an administrator at St. Joseph’s Hospital authorized the killing of a preborn child in the Diocese of Phoenix thereby incurring automatic excommunication from the Catholic Church by virtue of Canon Law 1398.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, in responding to this grave situation and obeying the Canon Law to which every Catholic is bound, publicly affirmed the excommunication — unleashing unabated anti-Catholic sentiment and the vitriol of the secular news media and dissident Catholic groups.
The individuals signing this letter pledge their support for Bishop Olmsted’s faithful defense of Church teaching to accomplish his primary task — the salvation of souls in his diocese — which includes the souls of Sr. Margaret McBride, the preborn child whose death Sr. McBride authorized, the child’s parents, and any other individuals involved.
Bishop Olmsted reminds us that a unique and unrepeatable preborn baby is at the center of this tragic case and his or her murder strikes at the very core of the Gospel of life and the call of Jesus to see His face in those less fortunate.
Please stand with us and support Bishop Olmsted by adding your signature to our open letter to Bishop Olmsted:
We are writing to assure you of our continued support and prayers as you persist in the battle with the culture of death in Phoenix.
We stand with you in the solidarity of the Catholic Faith and are truly grateful for your clear teaching on the dignity and personhood of every human being.
The secular news media and even many dissidents within the Catholic Church have positioned themselves to oppose your clear propagation of the Faith. We pray you take solace in the words of Our Lord in the Gospel of St. John (15:18) “If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.”
We the undersigned stand with you at the service of the Gospel. Please be assured of our constant prayers on your behalf and on behalf of the souls — both born and preborn — in your care.
Sincerely yours in the Lord who IS Life!
President, American Life League