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Nurses find conscience problems more frequent

February 07, 2011

Catholic nurses are encountering more frequent challenges to their consciences in their efforts to care for the sick, reports the head of an international nurses’ group.

Marylee Meehan, president of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical-Social Assistants, told the Catholic News Agency: "In the United States, the biggest problem that Catholic nurses are facing is the ability to use their conscience." The same problems are visible around the world, she said, citing an “implosion” of moral principles.

The most difficult common problems involve abortion, Meehan reported. She said that "somebody made abortion legal, but that didn't make it moral." Yet many nurses find that doors are closed to them if they will not assist at abortions.


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  • Posted by: GUY F. - Feb. 07, 2011 8:56 PM ET USA

    In our limited area of Florida the issue is much more difficult. How to care for extremely ill elderly. This is something that has no easy answers. Witness the repeated remarks about the end of life of our beloved POPE JOHN PAUL II of happy memory. DEO VOLENTE

  • Posted by: voxfem - Feb. 07, 2011 7:58 PM ET USA

    And the country is in desperate need of nurses everywhere. Talk about cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.