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NECN) - Caritas Christi Health Care has announced an end to its joint ownership with CeltiCare, a healthcare group that permits abortions.
The last-minute decision comes at the insistence of Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Citing Catholic moral teaching, the Cardinal said this will allow Caritas to expand services for the poor and uninsured.
The announcement follows several weeks of consultation with the national catholic bio-ethics center.
CJ Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, does not think Caritas went far enough.
"I'm not sure why the cardinal has to outsource his conscience to a bureaucracy in Philadelphia. I think the facts in this case had been very very clear. This contract requires abortion coverage and no Catholic institution should have been involved in it," Doyle said. "And not to be unkind or uncharitable, but one wonders at this last minute decision by the Diocese, whether this is a result of fidelity to Catholic teaching or simply the fact that CeltiCare had become a toxic public relations liability."
Caritas was founded by the Archdiocese of Boston. Coverage will not change for health plan participants.