One update - the Commonwealth Family Health Plan structure has been abandoned.
The Cardinal and Caritas on May 5th created Celtic Care Health Care Plan of Massachusetts, Inc. The Cardinal gave the go-ahead for Caritas Christi Health Care to invest in, become a partner in, be a substantial shareholder in, Celtic Care Health Plan of Massachusetts, Inc. The Articles of Organization can be viewed at the Massachusetts Secretary of State. In this arrangement, when the women and patients are "referred" out for abortions and other services - guess whose number they will be given? Celtic Care. Celtic Care Health Care Plan of Massachusetts, Inc., is a business venture of the Cardinal Archbishop and the Archdiocese of Boston.
One other thing worth repeating:
On March 5th, the Cardinal said:
“I want to confirm for the Catholic community and the wider interested public that Caritas Christi Health Care has assured me that it will not be engaged in any procedures nor draw any benefits from any relationship which violate the Church’s moral teaching..."
Let's look at the compelling part about whether the Cardinal is being hoodwinked or whether he knows that the contract violates Church teaching:
“I want to confirm for the Catholic community and the wider interested public that Caritas Christi Health Care has assured me that it will not...draw any benefits from any relationship which violate the Church’s moral teaching..."
The Cardinal knows that the contract will force people to commit moral evils. Period. There is a profound lack of concern for the souls who will have to carry out those moral evils and who will have those moral evils performed upon them. Lastly, the idea that Caritas is doing all this to help the poor people and will not benefit by any of it is simply untrue. They explicitly promised to kill infants so they could win a lucrative contract. Of course there is benefit.
Also, Cardinal O'Malley and Caritas are putting together another acquisition and hoping to use it as the model to advance forward.
Landmark Medical Center, on the brink of collapse a year ago, may be finding its road to survival.
Jonathan N. Savage, the lawyer who was court-appointed last June to run the troubled Woonsocket hospital, said he’s hopeful the hospital will soon announce a partnership that will keep it afloat.
“I hope we’ll have some positive news to report prior to the sixth interim report,” Savage told Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein on Friday, while delivering his fifth interim report. The sixth report is expected in four weeks.
Hospital officials have long asserted that Landmark cannot survive on its own; they have been looking for a buyer both in state and out of state. In a phone interview Friday, hospital spokesman Bill Fischer hinted that Landmark was working on an innovative arrangement. “If we accomplish this,” he said, “I think there are other hospitals that will look at this model.”Unionized employees received a letter a couple of months ago naming Caritas Christi Health Care as a potential partner for Landmark, according to Chris Callaci, staff representative with the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, a union representing 500 Landmark workers. Caritas Christi is a Catholic chain of six hospitals in Massachusetts, including St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River.
Fischer, the hospital spokesman, said that employees received the letter when Landmark was in the midst of a “due diligence process” with Caritas. “These people were coming into the hospital,” he said. “We thought it would be appropriate to inform employees who they were.” Fischer declined to say whether the negotiations progressed after that.
The Superior Court appointed Savage to take control of the hospital on June 26, after Landmark petitioned for help because it was in danger of closing within six to nine months. Although called a “special master,” Savage is like a receiver, and functions as the hospital’s chief executive and board chairman. His court-supervised role gives him powers that the previous hospital management did not possess, including the right to renegotiate contracts and to defer payments.