The Bishop's Response
Catholic Church doctrine upheld.
"The Catholic bishops of Colorado learned recently of the
deaths of Lori Stodghill and her two unborn children, which took place
at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo. in 2006. We wish to
extend our solidarity and sympathy to Lori's husband Jeremy, and her
daughter, Elizabeth. Please be assured of our ongoing prayers.From
the moment of conception, human beings are endowed with dignity and
with fundamental rights, the most foundational of which is life.Catholics
and Catholic institutions have the duty to protect and foster human
life, and to witness to the dignity of the human person—particularly to
the dignity of the unborn. No Catholic institution may legitimately work
to undermine fundamental human dignity.Catholic Health
Initiatives is a Catholic institution which provides health care
services in 14 states, providing care to thousands of people annually.
Catholic Health Initiatives has been accused by some of undermining the
Catholic position on human life in the course of litigation. Today,
representatives of Catholic Health Initiatives assured us of their
intention to observe the moral and ethical obligations of the Catholic
Church.The Catholic bishops of Colorado are not able to comment
on ongoing legal disputes. However, we will undertake a full review of
this litigation, and of the policies and practices of Catholic Health
Initiatives to ensure fidelity and faithful witness to the teachings of
the Catholic Church.
Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver
Most Rev. Michael Sheridan, S.Th.D, Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs
Most Rev. Fernando Isern, Bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo"