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US bishops express confidence in CHA, despite disagreements

Catholic World News - January 31, 2011

Although the Catholic Health Association (CHA) worked for passage of the Obamacare legislation that the US bishops opposed, and offered its support for the Arizona hospital that Bishop Olmsted labeled as no longer Catholic, the leaders of the US episcopal conference seem anxious to downplay any perception of tensions, reports John Allen.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, the chairman of the US bishops' pro-life committee, welcomes the CHA support for efforts to end federal funding for abortion. Archbishop Tim Dolan, president of the US bishops' conference, says of the CHA president, Sister Carol Keehan: "I'm convinced that Sister Carol believes she serves the bishops as much as she serves the hospitals."

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  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 01, 2011 1:06 PM ET USA

    Isaiah's society was similar to ours: "No one calls for justice Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity" (Isaiah 59:4). The bishops political games continue and the laity have no idea where to place their trust.

  • Posted by: Franz10108953 - Feb. 01, 2011 12:19 AM ET USA

    Something smells here. Unfortunately as a health care administrator I am forced to attend CHA assemblies periodically. The last one I attended included quips from the stage in favor of women "priests" and frightening samples of liturgy barely recognizable as Roman Catholic. I find myself wondering about a financial motive prompting the bishops to look the other way...but this is conjecture, I can't figure it out.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jan. 31, 2011 8:35 PM ET USA

    I don't understand how Catholic Bishops can express confidence in any Catholic organization that supports abortion over life.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 31, 2011 4:27 PM ET USA

    Amazing, simply amazing... there was a problem, a problem with CHA? Oh, yeah, I forgot it's the USCCB that's the problem and the bishops not wanting to do their jobs!

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