First Topic – Kresta Comments
Second Topic – CBS News: “Church Ousts Nun Who OK'd Abortion to Save Woman” – We get the Truth From a Canon Lawyer
In late 2009, an abortion took place at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix after a hospital ethics committee deemed the abortion necessary to save the life of the mother. Sister Margaret Mary McBride, the hospital’s vice president of mission integration, was a member of the committee that made the decision and has since been assigned new duties. The hospital has defended its decision, while Bishop Thomas Olmsted warned that Catholics who formally cooperated in the abortion were automatically excommunicated. That led to nationwide headlines like “Church Ousts Nun Who OK'd Abortion to Save Woman.” We get the real story from canon lawyer Michael Dunnigan.
Third Topic – Israel and Palestine: What Does the Just War Theory of “Proportionate Response” Really Mean?
The last three times Israel has taken military action, international commentators criticized the country’s use of force as “disproportionate.” During the recent flotilla incident, the Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006, and the Gaza War of 2008-09, officials from the United Nations, the European Union, and several countries used that word to describe Israel’s military actions. Coverage in the press was similar — one newspaper columnist, for example, criticized the “utterly disproportionate ... carnage.” The phrase originates in Christian just war theory. But what does it really mean in context of the Christian teaching? Keith Pavlischek is here to explore that question.