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More essential than ever for Catholic hospitals to maintain distinct identity: Cardinal Burke

February 16, 2017

Catholic health-care institutions are needed today more than ever, Cardinal Raymond Burke told a conference on Catholic hospitals in Ohio last week.

“Our country suffers the scourge of an attack on the dignity of human life,” the cardinal said. He pointed to the increased acceptance of abortion, euthanasia, and “the pervasive view of the human body as a tool to be used for achieving maximum personal convenience and pleasure.” To counteract these influences, he said, it is essential for Catholic institutions to maintain their religious identity and their ethical principles.

Among the dangers facing Catholic institutions, Cardinal Burke said, is the reliance on “financial support and assistance which is given under conditions which obscure of even betray the Christian identity of the Catholic health-care institution.”

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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Feb. 17, 2017 12:50 AM ET USA

    The Catholi Church simply has to get away from accepting money from the government/taxpayers. Once in bed with the feds, one has to obey them and abide by their rules. We must get back to how things were prior to FDR which would mean a lot less money to do all that the Church would like to do, but so be it. We must not collude with the govt, even in licensing of marriages - do as in other countries and have a civil in the court and then to the Church for the sacrament And so on...

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 16, 2017 7:26 PM ET USA

    Too bad this message is coming too late to save so many Catholic health care facilities that were closed by the previous Administration.