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.”
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’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