Friday, July 3, 2009

Before the holiday festivities - one more round on the Cartias foray

A letter to the blog owner at the American Papist from local activist John O'Gorman

Dear Sir,

Regarding the Archdiocese of Boston, Caritas Christi and CeltiCare, the situation is this:

1/ Under intense pressure from the pro-life community across the USA, Cardinal Sean O'Malley instructed Caritas Christi - the six hospital group affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston - to pull out of ownership of its 49% share in CeltiCare health insurance.

2/ Caritas Christi remains in the three CeltiCare plans, which started July 1, 2009.

3/ Caritas Christi is now a provider of services, paid for by Celticare under the state-subsidized Commonwealth Care program which requires abortion coverage.

4/ Caritas Christi will refer plan members back to CeltiCare for abortion, contraception and sterilization, and will provide transportation to the abortion location if necessary. All CeltiCare (Commonwealth Care) plans include abortion with co-pays of $0, $50 & $100.

5/ CeltiCare's web site lists "Family Planning and Reproductive Services Providers", including Planned Parenthood locations providing abortions - in Boston, Springfield and Worcester.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley must immediately instruct Caritas Christi to withdraw from CeltiCare and Commonwealth Care in order to save many innocent unborn children from death. Please contact Cardinal O’Malley’s receptionist immediately at

PH: 617 782 2544 (Cardinal), 617-254-0100 (Main), FAX: 617 783 4564 (Main).

Write: Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839.



Yours Sincerely,

John O’Gorman

(n.b. from Carol: We have no intention of quieting down until we see the contract and the ethical opinion regarding the CURRENT situation at Caritas from the NCBC and the material facts they based their opinion upon.)


Jerry B said...

How could Caritas NOT be helping CeltiCare to operate in a profit, thus helping them to murder the poor? Recall the April 6 CeltiCare press release:

“As a result of an innovative procurement process, the commitment of local providers, and national interest in our landmark healthcare reform programs, we have succeeded in simultaneously lowering costs and increasing access,” said Health Connector Executive Director Jon Kingsdale. “This is a home run.”

Is Caritas still "playing ball," i.e., giving special package deals to CeltiCare? What agreements remain?

Jerry B said...

An analogy:

Once upon a time, Philip Norris Co. created a nicotine drink for the young adult market. They contacted Popsi Cola and proposed a venture to market the creation, called NicCola. Popsi agreed, and the companies built a bottling plant and began production.

Meanwhile, the president of Popsi Cola got an earful from his wife whose father died from lung cancer. She eventually succeeded in getting him to divest his interest in NicCola. He arranged, however, to continue as the prime supplier of syrup and carbonation. This allowed him to please his wife and make a profit at the same time.

Question: Should the wife be pleased?

From the beautiful City of Boston said...

Jerry - you're right in the bullseye.