Catholic Church cuts ties with St. Charles Medical Center over birth control surgery

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Catholic Church is ending its relationship with St. Charles Medical Center in Bend over a surgical birth-control technique.
     
Diocese of Baker Bishop Robert Vasa says the church can no longer sponsor the hospital because it continues to offer tubal ligation, which leaves women unable to get pregnant.
     
The bishop says that operation goes against the teachings of the church.
     
He says Mass will no longer be celebrated in the hospital chapel, and everything owned by the church will be removed. The name of the hospital remains St. Charles Bend.
     
The hospital was founded in 1918 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Tipton, Ind., and became a community nonprofit in the 1970s. It is now run by Cascade Healthcare Community.
     
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