Bishop Tobin has done the right thing in withdrawing from CHA, and makes a statement that Catholic hospitals must conform the the teachings of the Church. Congratulations Bishop Tobin! Let us pray that others will soon follow your example and make a stand for what is right. – BK
Providence, R.I., Bishop Thomas Tobin has requested that the Catholic Health Association rescind the membership of a hospital system sponsored by the Diocese of Providence because of the association’s public support for healthcare reform legislation.
“Your enthusiastic support of the legislation, in contradiction to the position of the Bishops of the United States, provided an excuse for members of Congress, misled the public, and caused serious scandal for many members of the church,” the bishop wrote to the CHA in a March 29 letter provided to Modern Healthcare. “Even the association with CHA is now embarrassing, and for that reason I request that our name be removed.”
Critics, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have said the reform law did not go far enough in specifically preventing money from publicly subsidized insurance plans to pay for abortion services, among other concerns. Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of CHA, has said she’s “confident” the law does not allow federal funding for abortion.
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