Coalition To Save Catholic Health Care
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
CONTACT: R. T. Neary, Chairman
PH: 508 359 4551
Support for Coakley by Caritas’ Dr. de la Torre Raises Questions
Dr. Ralph de la Torre, CEO of Caritas Christi - the 6-hospital group affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston - is having his commitment to Catholic medical ethics questioned by the Coalition To Save Catholic Health Care.
“What type of commitment to the Catholic Church’s position on the sanctity of all human life is present when Dr. de la Torre and his wife host a fundraiser for Martha Coakley, contributing the maximum amount legally allowable for perhaps the most pro-abortion politician ever to run for office in this Commonwealth?” asked R. T. Neary, Chairman of the Coalition
“This action, as well as solicitation of donations from other high Caritas officials, naturally leads to the religious issues involved,” said Neary. “Martha Coakley is not only opposed to any restrictions on abortion including the grisly partial birth abortion procedure which some U.S. Senators from both parties have called infanticide, but she has spoken out against conscience clause exclusions, as well.“ he added.
During her own failed campaign for the U.S. Senate, Attorney General Coakley affirmed her extreme position on abortion, but additionally in response to a question about Catholic hospital personnel opposed to abortifacients, she answered that “they probably shouldn’t work in emergency rooms.”
Under current negotiations, which the Coalition opposes and has challenged through different avenues, Dr. de la Torre would become the head of Steward Healthcare LLC, a new entity created by Cerberus Capital Management L.P., a 25 billion dollar venture capital company. His proposed salary, bonus arrangement and perquisites, which are connected with the Cerberus desire for a takeover of Caritas Christi have not been revealed, and the Coalition has called for complete disclosures.
“The CEO’s current salary for heading this Roman Catholic hospital system is now over a million dollars annually, and Dr. de la Torre should have more respect for loyal Catholics who made good faith contributions to build the Caritas Christi system, one which is based on respecting Catholic medical ethics and the Gospel of Life,” said Neary. “Dr. de la Torre’s support of Martha Coakley’s utter disdain for human life in utero, and her cynical swipe at Catholic medical personnel loyal to the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching is inexcusable,” Neary concluded.
We all know the Archbishop recently said he was 'concerned' about the reports Landmark would remain secular and called de la Torre in to have a chit chat. As I mentioned in a previous post, it's a little later to tune into what's happening isn't it? This is another instance where the Cardinal is so out of touch with what he is supposed to be supervising, the first he learns of wrongdoings is what he reads in a newspaper.
Anyhoo, following the talk, they released a statement saying Landmark would be loyal to Catholic principles and ethics.
Putting aside for a moment that if true, this would be the first thing in town that was loyal to Catholic principles and ethics since Cardinal O'Malley's arrival, let us visit this update:
Ralph de la Torre, the Caritas chief executive, has said the financial backing of Cerberus will allow the system to expand in Massachusetts and beyond under the umbrella of Steward Healthcare System LLC, a new holding company created by Cerberus. The move to convert Landmark into a Catholic hospital could set a precedent for other community hospitals that would join the system.
After consulting with Cardinal Sean O’Malley Wednesday, de la Torre yesterday issued a written statement regarding the Rhode Island hospital. “If Landmark Medical Center is acquired by Caritas Christi or by any company owning Caritas Christi hospitals, Landmark Medical Center will function within and abide by the ethical and religious directives,’’ he wrote.
The statement did not address other potential Caritas acquisitions. De La Torre has held informal discussions with senior executives at Essent Healthcare Inc., owner of Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill and Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, and Cambridge Health Alliance, which operates Cambridge Hospital, Somerville Hospital, and Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett.
IMHO, the Obama Administration is using Cerebus as a front to gobble up Catholic Hospitals (as they did with the auto industry). In two short years, Obama has seized American banks, a decent chunk of the auto industry, mortgage and college loan industry and the healthcare system.
I don't think my theory is really that far off the mark. Once they get a large network, they can begin rationing care to sick and elderly. This is when the real agenda of Obmacare will be rolled out.
This is simply the transition period. By the time it happens, we'll be on the last stretch of life. How do you think that is going to work out for us? haha!
Also - check this out:
Caritas spokesman Chris Murphy declined to speculate on prospective deals beyond Landmark. But he said, “Any hospitals acquired by Caritas Christi will be Catholic.’’ Caritas has yet to decide, however, whether Landmark will provide pastoral care, have an on-site chapel, or administer sacraments under its ownership.
Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
Here's another looming signal - Caritas is posting a position to hire a priest chaplain.
The Cardinal Archbishop is supposed to have the duty to make the assignments of priests.
Isn't that how it customarily works?
Who is in the throne?
> http://www.simplyhired.com/job-id/rrgbsnc2zm/priest-chaplain-jobs/ > > > Priest Chaplain > Apply Now > > Company: Caritas Christi Health Care > > Location: Boston, MA > > Date Posted: September 05, 2010 > > Masters degree is required. Experience is required. To Promote the missison > and philosophy of the Caritas Christi Health Care System within the > particular setting of Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center. Offering the > presence and availability of a priest to patients and their families and the > hospital community through ministries of presence, spiritual support, > availability, sacraments, pastoral counseling and appropriate referral. Has > the ability to establish and maintain good staff relationships and to > function with other members of the health care team. Has the ability to > listen, understand and minister to the specific spiritual needs of persons > in crisis. Is well adjusted religiously and emotionally, comfortable with > the ill and the dying patient. Reaches out to the local clergy and laity... > > View full job description From Caritas Christi Health Care - 1 day ago > > > Masters degree is required. Experience is required. To Promote the missison > and philosophy of the Caritas Christi Health Care System within the > particular setting of Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center. Offering the > presence and availability of a priest to patients and their families and the > hospital community through ministries of presence, spiritual support, > availability, sacraments, pastoral counseling and appropriate referral. Has > the ability to establish and maintain good staff relationships and to > function with other members of the health care team. Has the ability to > listen, understand and minister to the specific spiritual needs of persons > in crisis. Is well adjusted religiously and emotionally, comfortable with > the ill and the dying patient. Reaches out to the local clergy and laity... > > View full job description From Caritas Christi Health Care - 1 day ago