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eNewsletter Subject: Need for Reform Affects Us All

I've written often that key areas of Catholic institutional outreach are lagging behind the increasing pace of authentic renewal in the Church. I refer to certain religious orders, social services and health care in too many areas, and a great many universities and colleges.

Cases in point this week highlight the latter two areas. Thus the response of Catholic Health Partners to the refusal of a bishop to authorize their relationship with a facility which performs abortions has simply led them to find a way to do it that does not require episcopal approval. See Ohio Catholic health-care agency restructuring deal after bishop declines to approve partnership.

Over in Ireland, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital has announced it will comply with the new law requiring abortions to be done at their facility: Catholic hospital in Ireland to perform abortions. All such institutions, of course, should challenge the government to shut them down for non-compliance.

In Minnesota, we have yet another case of an allegedly "Catholic" college seeking to ensure that faculty, staff and students never, ever cause a gay or trans-gendered person to feel uncomfortable about his or her lifestyle choices. See my latest On the Culture: The University of St. Thomas: A Failure to Love?...

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