A bishop, a nun, a hospital and a holy war

In a piece titled Tussling Over Jesus, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof writes about Bishop Thomas Olmsted stripping St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix of its Catholic affiliation.

Kristof sees Phoenix as "a bellwether of a profound disagreement that is playing out at many Catholic hospitals around the country. These hospitals are part of the backbone of American health care, amounting to 15 percent of hospital beds."

I have to note, as well, that Kristof quotes NCR's own columnist Jamie Manson and NCR editor Thomas C. Fox. In fact, he begins his piece by quoting Manson:

The National Catholic Reporter newspaper put it best: “Just days before Christians celebrated Christmas, Jesus got evicted.”

NCR has followed the story all along. Here's a sampling of our coverage:



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