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Pennsylvania hospital system is no longer Catholic, bishop warns

July 08, 2013

Bishop Lawrence Persico of Erie, Pennsylvania, has announced that Saint Vincent health-care system can no longer be regarded as a Catholic institution.

Long governed by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Saint Vincent is being acquired by the Highmark health-care corporation. With the transfer in authority, the bishop noted, “there is no longer any guarantee that all aspects of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services will be followed as they have been in the past." He noted that a Catholic health-care system could not provide or promote contraception and sterilization. “We do not have a guarantee that these procedures will not be condoned or performed” under the new administration, he said.


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jul. 08, 2013 11:02 PM ET USA

    Bishop Vasa had to do the same thing and cut loose St. Charles Hopsital System in Bend, OR from the Church for the same reasons. Pretty sad.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jul. 08, 2013 9:46 PM ET USA

    Now if we can find a few bishops that will tell the truth about these supposedly "Catholic Universities".