Catholic Church's Informant Didn't Violate Privacy Laws in Blabbing Patient Info to Diocese, St. Joseph's Hospital Says

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Next time you need a procedure at a Catholic-affiliated hospital, watch out for the Bishop's snitches

If you've been following the news today, you already know that the Catholic Church stripped St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix of its religious affilation because of a surgery last year that involved the death of an unborn child. (Whether it was an abortion, per se, is apparently one of the issues up for debate.)

We think Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is just pissed that the hospital didn't demote Sister Margaret McBride, a hospital official who decided the fetus' death was necessary to save the life of the 27-year-old mother.

But like us, you may also been wondering how Olmsted got so much specific info about the patient, when HIPAA prevents you from knowing if your spouse has an ingrown toenail?

Well, there was an "informant," as an Arizona Republic article pointed out a few days ago.

Kind of Da-Vinci-Code-esque, isn't it? We can't help but wonder whether Olmstead's tipster wears a black robe and has scars on his back.


Yet whoever blabbed to the bishop isn't facing any punishment. Hospital officials say no privacy laws were violated.

The hospital conducted a "complete investigation," according to an FAQ on its Web site. The FAQ goes on to say:

Since no individually identifiable health information was ever given to the Bishop or anyone else, it was determined that the applicable privacy rules under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) were not violated.

It's hard to believe. Especially when it appears the bishop was well-briefed on details of the medical procedure, which occurred in November of 2009. Catholic News reports today that:

After learning about the abortion earlier in the year, Bishop Olmsted met with hospital officials to learn more about the particular case, he said at the news conference.
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Sister Margaret McBride was excommunicated for supporting what Bishop Thomas Olmsted calls an abortion. But she wasn't demoted by the hospital. We're guessing that's why Olmsted's so ticked
"It became clear that, in their decision to abort, the equal dignity of mother and her baby were not both upheld," he said. The baby "was directly killed," which is a violation of the ethical and religious directives.

Seems like Olmsted knew plenty.

And even if no laws were broken, does the church have any ethical responsibility when it comes to lending an ear to an informant's whispers?


"I don't have any information that would be helpful on that subject," the Diocese's spokesman, Rob DeFrancesco, tells New Times. He adds that he'll get back to us if he learns anything.

We pointed out to Carmelle Malkovich, spokeswoman for the hospital, that the main question on the FAQ, "How did the bishop find out about the terminated pregnancy?," is not answered by the FAQ. She says she'll find out if the hospital will release the report on its investigation into the privacy question.

We'll keep our eyes out for the dude in the black robe.

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Gencua
Gencua

Thank's to the NEW TIMES we the people of SUN CITY WEST have a ear to complain about Bishop Olmsted.  Olmsted no longer takes complaints from the FLOCK. We are wondering when he will go back to the CORNFIELDS of KANSAS.  Maybe a few catholices will come back to the church. Gencua.

Scwbill
Scwbill

Don't try to apologize for the catholic church. For two thousand years they have been lying to people; abusing children and woman, and running a criminal organization. How dare you!

Pauline
Pauline

Dear HANS RU we don't hate the Catholic church, but yes we do hate the "BUT FUCKERS", are you living with one?? Pauline

Jdoyle
Jdoyle

 ROME IS A CRIMINAL OUTFIT-THE VATICAN IS ORGANIZATION WHICH MAJORS IN EVERY FORM OF CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, AND IS DUE FOR IT’S JUDGMENT AND ALL THOSE WHO STILL SHEEPISHLY ADHERE TO THIS SICK AND FALSE ECCLESIASTICAL AND POLITICAL INSTITUTION OF CORRUPTION AND A WORTHLESS HEAP PILE OF SHIT!ROME IS A CRIMINAL OUTFIT-THE VATICAN IS ORGANIZATION WHICH MAJORS IN EVERY FORM OF CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, AND IS DUE FOR IT’S JUDGMENT AND ALL THOSE WHO STILL SHEEPISHLY ADHERE TO THIS SICK AND FALSE ECCLESIASTICAL AND POLITICAL INSTITUTION OF CORRUPTION AND A WORTHLESS HEAP PILE OF SHIT!

pauline Smyith
pauline Smyith

The Ostler guy is playing with Rabbitts when he stops play look out for your asshole HANS.PAULINE

Unashamed Catholic
Unashamed Catholic

Please remove the bigoted statements made by "Pauline"; unless she has more than some other bigot's unproven allegations against this priest, her words are potentially illegal (libel) and certainly unjust. And, like the other bigots' remarks here, they have nothing to do with your story, which is itself anti-Catholic, but that is your First Amendment right, as it is ours to live our Faith that you so hate.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Good for Sister Margaret, too. Now she can get shut of that fucked up, patriarchal religion and dance naked round the sacred flame with the rest of us :-)

Mistalee
Mistalee

Great news about St. Josephs! Now that the Catholic Church is out of the picture maybe they can offer a full range of health services.

Pauline
Pauline

Wagonjack has got it right about the Olmsted lad, we have one of the bishop's pedophile a David Ostler is assigned to Prince of Peace in Sun City West,Az Ostler is a wanted pervert in Cornwall,Ont. Canada, he is on the SNAP list

Pauline44
Pauline44

Olmsted is one dirt bag to cover up Ostler resume of abuses in Cornwall, Ont. Canada with alter boys, just think the nuns would pick out who they thought would make a good server, only to get the holy horn in the ASS.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Yeah, that's why abortion pisses them off. Abort all the "unborn" and it will leave them no babies to rape.

andrewthoone
andrewthoone

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wagonjack
wagonjack

The Catholic Church has strayed to far from it's original mission to tend to it's flock and take care of the least among us that it's a danger to society these days. Instead of persecuting a wonderful nun and a hospital staff that was following Christ's teachings, it is protecting pedophile priests and acting like a mafia organization (see story about the 30 million laundered funds that were frozen by the Italian Government!) HEAL THY SELF you charlatan hypocrites!

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