Hattip to Creative Minority Report. In a story that sums up quite nicely so much that is wrong with the Church in America, Lifesite News has the tale of an abortionist on staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colorado.
After a Catholic hospital in Colorado refused to remove a Planned Parenthood abortionist from its ob/gyn staff, pro-life advocates have organized a protest, featuring Live Action President Lila Rose, on Aug. 4.
“The reason I perform abortions is because I’m a Christian,” Richard Grossman, a Quaker, told the Durango Herald after a similar protest outside Mercy Regional Medical Center last year. “Personally, I believe in the strength, intellect and fortitude of women. When a woman says a fetus is a person, I think it is one. I believe the woman empowers the fetus.”
Grossman is the longest-serving physician at the hospital, having served there 44 years, but he also commits abortions on Fridays at Planned Parenthood of Durango. Pro-lifers say he is the only abortionist within a 200-mile radius.
Grossman is also a prominent advocate of population control within the community, through his regular column in the Durango Herald called “Population Matters.” In that column he has opposed the personhood movement, blamed high fertility for poverty in Haiti, and said that the “sort of yelling” he hears from pro-life protestors at the entrance to Planned Parenthood “comes from the old-fashioned era of authoritarian domination.”
Even worse than the fact that a Catholic Hospital has had on its staff a paid baby-killer for decades, is the mealy mouthed attitude of the Diocese involved:
The Diocese of Pueblo told Catholic News Agency in June 2010 that they commissioned a canonical investigation into Grossman’s position at the hospital in 2008 and found that the hospital was in “full compliance” with the U.S. Bishops’ medical directives, known as the ‘Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services’ (ERDs). The diocese also maintained that his service at the hospital was protected under federal anti-discrimination laws prohibiting sanctions against a doctor over his private practice.
Fr. Michael Papesh, the Diocese’s Vicar for Administration, told LifeSiteNews Friday that the hospital “remains in full compliance with the ERDs,” but they are still considering how to handle the situation.
“The situation remains of great concern to the Bishop. It is not only being monitored, but we are exploring various avenues of approach more deeply,” he said.
Fr. Papesh also noted that the hospital “disallows him to offer or perform abortion related services associated with the hospital.”
Go here to read the sickening rest. The major problem for the Church in America is that too many people in positions of power give every indication of not really believing in much of Catholic teaching. The Church has always regarded abortion as a horrible crime. Obviously the powers that be at Mercy (Yeah, the irony is palpable.) don’t believe that. They have absolutely no problem having an abortionist on staff, one who publishes his pro-abort views regularly in a column in the local newspaper. The people running the Diocese also apparently don’t believe that abortion is a horrible crime. In the face of an abortionist on staff at a Catholic hospital, they are much more concerned about offending federal anti-discrimination laws, a concern which I think is largely a crock and should be of no consideration in any case in regard to the duty of the Diocese to get an abortionist out of a Catholic hospital, and taking refuge behind a CYA “canonical investigation”. My guess is the thing that really bugs the powers that be in the Diocese is that they are getting bad publicity over this now rather than the reality of having an abortionist for 44 years on the staff of a Catholic hospital. This is truly appalling and, in microcosm, highlights why many faithful Catholics are continually disheartened by leadership in this country who so often fail to act as if they are also faithful Catholics. John Paul II spoke ringingly of a Culture of Life and a Culture of Death. The powers that be at Mercy Regional Medical Center and in the Pueblo Diocese must have snoozed through the sermons.