The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has removed St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center's status as a Catholic hospital for failing to strictly adhere to Bishop Thomas Olmsted's demands that the hospital comply with church moral teaching.The decision, announced at a Tuesday news conference by the diocese, came after negotiations between Catholic Healthcare West and the bishop failed to resolve major ethical differences.(...)The ultimatum from the bishop followed his request over the summer that CHW provide him with a moral analysis of the case. The request for the analysis was passed on to Lysaught in August. She completed her work and forwarded her analysis to Lloyd Dean, CHW president, in late October. By the end of November, the bishop had rejected her conclusions.
Apparently the clock ran out.