The Cardinal, three months later, is repeating the impossible soundbyte that "under no circumstances" will Caritas provide or refer patients for procedures prohibited by Catholic teaching, which include abortion, contraception, and sterilization" while the entity the Cardinal created to carry the abortions out is, once again, contradicting him in the public square.
And the Archdiocese of Boston said publicly for the first time yesterday that Caritas would not be permitted to profit from the provision of abortion services by others.
This statement is untruthful and deceptive.
The Cardinal and Caritas created a "for-profit" corporation to accept the infusion of cash for providing all of the services required by the contract with the Commonwealth. What the Cardinal means to convey, is that when Caritas pays the abortionists for providing the services - they will not "mark it up" - they will not add any extra profit margin when they pay off the abortionists, like they do when they the Motrin they give you in the hospital is invoiced at 10 dollars each.
The Cardinal's statement means, they are hiring abortionists, paying abortionists, sending the women to the abortionists but they are virtuous enough not to charge the patient's anything extra.
The archdiocese would not specify the changes it is seeking to the joint venture, called CeltiCare, which is 49 percent owned by Caritas Christi.
Why is the Cardinal being secretive about the "modifications"?
We are now three months into this arrangement and all of the parties have refused to permit pro-lifers from examining the arrangement and applying the theology?
If the Cardinal is on the up and up, two weeks prior to this arrangement going into effect,why can't Catholics scrutinize the "modifications"?
But the church sought to clarify its requirements for the deal after a number of conservative bloggers and interest groups had recently criticized the venture, accusing O'Malley, often in quite angry language, of abandoning the church's commitment to protecting the unborn.
This week, many of the activists have seized upon, as evidence of the problematic nature of the venture, the new website of CeltiCare. The website specifies the copayments for abortions (from 0 to $100, depending on the plan), and lists family planning and reproductive service providers, including Planned Parenthood facilities in Boston, Somerville, and Worcester.
From the 3000 emails in my in-box - the Cardinal's statements did not fly.
The companies have said that CeltiCare is 51 percent owned by a subsidiary of Centene and 49 percent owned by Caritas Christi, which is incorporated independently from the archdiocese but has a Catholic identity overseen by the archbishop of Boston.
CeltiCare, 49% owned by the archdiocese has made the statements in this blog post.
Brian Delaney, a spokesman for CeltiCare, said an abortion rights group, NARAL Pro-Choice of Massachusetts, will serve on an advisory group for the health plan but he did not know whether any Catholic groups would be on the panel.