U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Releases New Edition of Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is publishing the sixth edition of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, a revision that implements modifications regarding collaborating with non-Catholic partners.
The health care system in the United States is marked by both extraordinary challenges and immense possibilities for good.
In these revised Directives, approved by majority vote during the USCCB Spring General Assembly 2018, the bishops reaffirm the Church's commitment to Catholic health care ministry, in faithful imitation of Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician. The Directives aim to reaffirm ethical standards of behavior and provide authoritative guidance on moral issues that face health care today.
This new edition offers a helpful update of Part Six, "Collaborative Arrangements with Other Health Care Organizations and Providers." This section offers background and guidelines for collaborative arrangements between Catholic and non-Catholic health care institutions.
The Directives are especially relevant to institutionally based Catholic health care services, and they are directly addressed to "sponsors, trustees, administrators, chaplains, physicians, health care personnel, and patients or residents" of Catholic health care institutions. The Directives are also useful as a teaching tool to give sound guidance to students and faculty at Catholic medical schools, Catholic medical associations, Catholic hospitals and medical facilities, and to all pastors, administrators, doctors, nurses, and staff involved in the health care ministry and related pastoral care.
″ General Introduction
″ Part One: The Social Responsibility of Catholic Health Care Services
″ Part Two: The Pastoral and Spiritual Responsibility of Catholic Health Care
″ Part Three: The Professional-Patient Relationship
″ Part Four: Issues in Care for the Beginning of Life
″ Part Five: Issues in Care for the Seriously Ill and Dying
″ Part Six: Collaborative Arrangements with Other Health Care Organizations and Providers
The USCCB has made the book available for order online at: http://store.usccb.org/searchresults.asp?Search=ethical+and+religious
Keywords: Ethical and Religious Directives, Catholic Health Care Service, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, health care system, health care organization, health care providers, social responsibility.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announces the Publishing of a New Book, Pope Francis: Embrace of Hope - Compassion in Times of Illness
WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is making available a new book, Pope Francis: Embrace of Hope - Compassion in Times of Illness. The book is filled with the Pope's insight and inspiration for all who face the test of sickness and illness.
In this book, Pope Francis shows how hope is found in seeing and experiencing illness in the light of the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Holy Father reveals how grace grows in times of illness when:
*Christians bring the peace of Christ to the sick through service and care.
*Difficult moments become the path to forge stronger relationships with family, communities, and with Christ.
*Men and women in science cultivate and apply God's gift of creation for the treatment and cure of diseases, setting free the oppressed.
*Christ sets one free, helps one endure, and allows suffering for the sake of a greater joy yet to come.
This work is a collection of Pope Francis's most significant words to the sick. It is a series of valuable reflections, considerations, and prayers taken from his speeches, messages, homilies, and Angeluses over a period of about four years, from his election to the See of Peter to June 2017.
This easy-to-read book has the best of Pope Francis's reflections on this challenging human experience. Presented in an elegant design, this small book is easy to take with you and an important read for all those facing illness, for caregivers, health care professionals, as well as health care professionals, educators and researchers.
The USCCB has made the book available for order online at http://store.usccb.org/pope-francis-embrace-of-hope-p/7-584.htm
Keywords: Pope Francis, Embrace of Hope, Compassion in Times of Illness, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, sickness, illness, Jesus Christ, Holy Father.
$4.1 Million Approved in Grants to the Church in Latin America Including Emergency Disaster Assistance and Pastoral Care for Migrants
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded $3.39 million in funding in the form of 206 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and $580,950 in three grants funding emergency disaster and recovery assistance to areas affected by the Mexican Earthquakes and Hurricanes Matthew (2016), Irma and Maria (2017). In addition, the Subcommittee approved a design-phase request of $150,000 for the eventual reconstruction of the national major seminary devastated by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The grants were approved at the Subcommittee's meeting on June 11 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Projects that received funding for pastoral activities include the following:
Haiti and Uruguay: Support for several families to participate in the 9th World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, August 21-26, 2018.
Nicaragua and El Salvador: Support for several delegates from the National Commission of Youth Ministry to participate in World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama, January 22-27, 2019.
Mexico: Support for "The Year of Mexican Youth -- A Moment of Grace," a national event that will include a celebration at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe with an anticipated 13,000 participants.
Brazil: Pastoral support for Venezuelan refugees. This project will help implement and develop a migrant ministry in the diocese of Roraima and provide pastoral support to the recent influx of Venezuelan migrants to the area. The project aims to welcome and orient vulnerable migrants upon arrival, assist with access to services, provide language instruction and job training, strengthen women's groups, support the migrants' faith lives, and form local pastoral leaders and parishes to assist with immigrant integration.
"Through the Collection for the Church in America, Catholics from the United States express their solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean. I thank them for their generosity and am humbled by the impact their support has on countless lives in the region, particularly for young people and those living in areas ravaged by recent natural disasters," said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America.
Other areas of funding include lay leadership training, catechesis, seminarian and religious formation, environmental justice, prison ministry, and youth and family ministries. Grants are funded by the annual Collection for the Church in Latin America, taken in many dioceses across the U.S. on the fourth Sunday in January. The emergency and reconstruction grants are awarded from the special collections the USCCB calls for after a disaster.
The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America oversees the collection and an annual grant program as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. It allocates revenue received from the Collection for the Church in Latin America as grants across Latin America and the Caribbean. More information about the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the many grants it funds, as well as resources to promote it across the country, can be found at www.usccb.org/latin-america.
Keywords: Latin America, youth, clergy, lay formation, Collection for the Church in Latin America, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, catechesis, grants, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo
President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Offers Statement on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Announcement
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to the announcement regarding Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows:
"As clergy in God's Church, we have made a solemn promise to protect children and young people from all harm. This sacred charge applies to all who minister in the Church, no matter the person's high standing or long service. This morning was a painful reminder of how only through continued vigilance can we keep that promise. My prayers are with all who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse. May they find healing in Christ's abundant love. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (http://www.usccb.org/charter) outlines a process for addressing allegations, holding us accountable to our commitment to protect and heal. I express my gratitude to Cardinal Dolan, who has carried forward with clarity, compassion for the victims, and a genuine sense of justice. With him, I express my deep sadness, and on behalf of the Church, I apologize to all who have been harmed by one of her ministers."
Chairman of U.S. Bishops Committee on Migration Expresses Concern about Immigration Bills Before Congress, Urges Bipartisan Engagement
WASHINGTON—Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB/COM) Committee on Migration, sent a letter to every Member of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday in response to two immigration bills that are expected to be taken up later this week by the full House. Bishop Vasquez had previously written in opposition to the first of the two bills (H.R. 4760), introduced in January of this year. The Bishop's June 18 letter focuses most of its attention on a second, yet-to-be-numbered House Republican Leadership alternative bill.
In his letter to Congress, Bishop Vásquez wrote, "While we truly want a legislative solution for Dreamers, we cannot, in good faith, endorse large structural changes to the immigration system that detrimentally impact families and the vulnerable, such as those that are contained in this legislation. We welcome the opportunity to dialogue with lawmakers and to discuss possible opportunities for further compromise, particularly with respect to effects on families and the vulnerable."
Bishop Vásquez added, "My brother bishops and I appreciate the effort by Representatives to find a legislative solution for Dreamers by bringing immigration measures before the House of Representatives. We believe that any such legislation must be bipartisan, provide Dreamers with a path to citizenship, be pro-family, protect the vulnerable and be respectful of human dignity with regard to border security and enforcement." Bishop Vásquez reminded Members of the House that the Administration can end family separation without legislation through executive discretion.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joe Vásquez, Committee on Migration, U.S. House of Representatives, immigration, H.R. 4760, Dreamers, families, path to citizenship, border security, humane treatment, families, executive discretion
# # #