Saturday, February 23, 2008
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Comac Murphy-O’Connor, recently ordered the resignation of all members of the board of directors of the St. John & St. Elizabeth Hospital in London, England. The rift of the board of directors stemmed from an ethical dispute over the role Catholic beliefs should play in the dispensing of patient care at the Hospital. According to the article, tension arose between the board and the Catholic church when the cardinal imposed a new ethics code on the hospital. The cardinal urged the adoption of the new ethics code to ban perceived non-Catholic practices, such as, prescribing the morning after pill, referring patients for abortions, and performing sex-change operations. The cardinal, in 2005, wrote the then chairman of the board, Lord Bridgman, and said the following,
There must be clarity that the hospital, being a Catholic hospital with a distinct vision of what is truly in the interests of human persons, cannot offer its patients, non-Catholic or Catholic, the whole range of services routinely accepted by many in modern secular society as being in a patient’s best interest.
See Article for more information.