Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Coalition to Save Catholic Healthcare

The Coalition to Save Catholic Healthcare is having a press conference today at the Omni Parker House at 10am.    I can't be there, but I am a member of the coalition.  Please give it some support in prayer.

The concerns I have previously brought forth about how they structured in Cerebus' control of who is selected as a Catholic ethicist, the 'committees' to oversee ethics that are Cerebus corporate and not Catholic,  the opt out clause   -  along with other concerns, lead me to believe that the Catholic vocations and conscience protections of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other Catholic professionals are in jeopardy with this deal.

Here's the press release:


              The mission of the Coalition is to continue Roman Catholic health care in the tradition of the teachings of its founder.
              We steadfastly oppose the continuation of any negotiations to sell or transfer the Caritas Christi Health Care System by the Archdiocese of Boston to Cerberus Capital Management L.P., its subsidiary or any allied organization.
              Caritas Christi’s mission, which is “rooted in the healing power of Jesus” is compromised by any dealing with Cerberus, a venture capital organization whose sole aim is monetary gain.
  Individuals and organizations allied in this coalition are dedicated to preserving human life from fertilization to natural death.
 Some of the history of Cerberus Management runs counter to the teachings of the Nazarene who walked the hills of Galilee, teaching and healing physically and spiritually. The pieces of silver which are to be exchanged for the eventual sacrifice of the core principles are a deceptive lure into the ultimate escalation of health care costs to be borne by the patient.  The end result will be limited services, as well.
 The Coalition requests that governmental overseers reject any agreement, merger or sale between these two parties.
 We also request that the Archdiocese of Boston cease any further discussion with Cerberus Capital Management L.P., Steward Health Care Systems LLC, or associated parties.
 Caritas Christi must retain not only its existence, but also its core meaning.
                                                                        R. T. Neary, Chairman
Media Information
John O’Gorman  
July 23, 2010

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