Saturday, January 26, 2013

Are You Sure About This?

While it's to be expected that in a court of law that even the Roman Catholic Church would rely on the laws of the land, rather than Canon law, it looks bad for St. Thomas Moore Hospital and Catholic Health initiatives to argue that they shouldn't be held liable for the deaths of unborn twins because fetuses aren't considered people under Colorado state law. It casts the church yet again as valuing money over the principles that it quite publicly expects others to live by, and if given the chance, would codify into law.

Of course, one has to abide by the laws that are on the books, rather than the ones that one would rather were there. But given the beating that the Church's reputation has been taking for the past 20 years, appearing to ditch principle when it's convenient to do so may have been a mistake.

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