TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A financially troubled Catholic hospital in Towson may end up being purchased by a hospital system that doesn’t follow its Catholic beliefs.

St. Joseph Medical Center is for sale after a surgical scandal that hurt its reputation and finances. Two of the three possible buyers are not Catholic institutions, which typically don’t offer services like abortion, sterilization and invitro fertilization.

St. Joseph’s officials tell The Baltimore Sun that the suitors have agreed to honor the hospital’s “Catholic identity.” But they declined to elaborate on what that means.

Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the archbishop of Baltimore, has argued that St. Joseph’s should be bought by another Catholic institution.

A spokesman would not comment on whether O’Brien would shoot down a merger with a non-Catholic hospital.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. mth says:

    Huh?…what school did you go to?

  2. matt says:

    so does this mean this is not going to be a medstar hospital anymore?

  3. Steve Wilson says:

    Since the very basis of this Catholic hospital violates the Hippocratic Oath, being bought “…by a hospital system that doesn’t follow its Catholic beliefs…” has got to be a good thing. If you don’t want an abortion, sterilization and invitro fertilization, then simply don’t ask for them. As for Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, he is the high rakning agent of a foreign government and has no business involving himself in ANYTHING in this country!

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