Creighton University, a Catholic Jesuit institution in Omaha, Nebraska, has announced a partnership with the Phoenix hospital that was stripped of its status as a “Catholic” hospital by Bishop Thomas Olmsted after a scandalous abortion was made public.

Just last week, 42 Creighton University medical students attended their first classes at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, marking the beginning of a partnership to establish a regional campus of Creighton’s School of Medicine.

But in 2010, Bishop Olmsted stripped St. Joseph’s of its status as a “Catholic” hospital after Mercy Sister Margaret McBride, who served on the hospital’s ethics panel, approved of an abortion because the mother was suffering from severe hypertension. That abortion led to the excommunication of Sr. McBride and the hospital’s loss of its status as a “Catholic” hospital.

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