Unfortunately, some in the Church are trying to downplay the impact of FOCA


Fortunately, Bishop Paprocki reaffirms our need to combat FOCA.

Even as many American bishops mobilize their dioceses to encourage opposition to the federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), the news agency of the US bishops’ conference has run a story suggesting that fears of the legislation have been overblown. A Catholic News Service article begins, “Internet rumors to the contrary, no Catholic hospital in the United States is in danger of closing because of the Freedom of Choice Act.”

The CNS article quotes Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg and Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health, both of whom state their opposition to FOCA, but downplay reports about the possible impact of the bill. “There is no plan to shut down any hospital if it passes,” Bishop Lynch said. “There’s no sense of ominous danger threatening health care institutions.”

source here

DE note (Matt):

Here are some of the primary sources Christine refers to.

The full CNS article is here:  http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0900402.htm

Bishop Paprocki is an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago and earned a law degree from DePaul University.  He made his comments on November 14, 2008.

Bishop Paprocki’s comments to Neil Cavuto host of Your World on Fox News are here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPLlWp318Ac

The Fox print story: http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Nov12/0,4670,RELCatholicBishops,00.html


2 Responses to Unfortunately, some in the Church are trying to downplay the impact of FOCA

  1. Laura says:

    Bishop Paprocki notwithstanding, Bishop Michael Burbidge, Diocese of Raleigh, most emphatically informed Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) during their meeting on the day of the National March for Life that Catholic hospitals WILL CLOSE rather than cave in to pressure or coercion to provide abortion services. If Senator Burr had any misapprehensions about his constituency’s expectations on FOCA, they should have been most decisively laid to rest.

  2. Matt says:

    Stay open, provide abortions – a grave sin.
    Close – stop serving the poor. Get blamed for every person in the community who is underserved for any care the hospital used to provide.
    Stay open, don’t provide abortions – loose funding. Struggle financially. Get some administrators or Bishops arrested? I like this one.

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