Thursday, April 25, 2013

Can Catholics Still Serve in the Health Care Profession?

Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education guidelines for training new physicians could change in 2014…for the better.

By Stephanie Block

There was a disturbing point during the days when the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare) was being debated that some pundits suggested that practicing Catholics might be unfit for the health care profession altogether. Their point was that if abortion, contraception, and perhaps euthanasia are part of common, standard health care practices, a person who cannot or will not dispense them is a problem. Their existence keeps society from comfortably settling into the fact of regulated fertility and socially engineered human life.

Events pushed this particular discussion into a corner. The funding of these procedures needed to be assured before universal health care’s greatest ally might be roused to mutiny.

Three long years down the road, however, the funding is secured but “reproductive health advocates” worry that there may not be a sufficient number of doctors trained to prescribe, insert, refer, or dispatch the various products and procedures. The latest reason for their concern is proposed changes to Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) guidelines for training new doctors would no longer require them to learn contraceptive provisions, including prescribing contraceptive drugs, inserting IUDs and other implants, or counsel patients with unintended pregnancies on false reproductive and life “choices.” [i]

Defenders of the proposal argue that guideline changes would free individual programs to make their own decisions in these matters.
However, Catholics and their health systems are a sizeable percentage of the United States’ health care provision and critics are quick to point out that many residency programs are run by religious hospitals that don't believe in contraception. Therefore, permitting them any latitude in this matter is the equivalent of permitting them to run an alternative health care system.
Considering that Catholic programs are currently mandated to train their doctors in “reproductive health services,” this proposals seems like a tremendous corrective.

With fewer than 24 hours to comment on the new ACGME curriculum proposals (comments are possible until Thursday, April 26, 2013), however, it’s anyone’s guess how this will unfold.


[i] Julie Rovner, “Family Doctors Consider Dropping Birth Control Training Rule,” National Public Radio blog, 4-25-13.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty



O God our Creator,

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,

you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,

bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel

to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us

in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.

Give us the strength of mind and heart

to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;

give us courage in making our voices heard

on behalf of the rights of your Church

and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,

a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters

gathered in your Church

in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,

so that, with every trial withstood

and every danger overcome—

for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,

and all who come after us—

this great land will always be "one nation, under God,

indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.





Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

                                
                        
                      He must increase; I must decrease. John 3:30
                                                                               

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nuns - My experience

I encountered this 'situation' a few years ago and have prayed so very hard for their conversion...alas...they continue to propagate so much more 'stuff' and it continues to disturb me...I will continue to pray for them.

Prayers for Holy Week 1999 SEE "LITANY" 

SEE Prayers for Holy Week 2012 (pdf.)
"Here we invite you to take up your crosses and to write on them a source of suffering or any other intention. Then, quietly process to the den and consign your cross to the flames."

Look around the website on your own....and pray...

Stop the HHS Mandate

Working against the Bishops

Leaked e-mail shows media campaign against US bishops


"Nuns On A Bus"



And did you notice that Sr. is wearing nice street clothes and really nice jewelry....wow...really?

Update: watch EWTN tonight!
VIDEO: Bp. Morlino (D. Madison) critiques Nuns On The Bus, defends Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). INTERVIEW TONIGHT on EWTN! But first watch a clip of Raymond and Bishop Morlino discussing the "Nuns on a Bus" Campaign and Rep. Paul Ryan...prayers for you Bishop Morlino! "The religious sisters tho should concentrate on giving that witness of holiness of all the wonderful works that they do rather than bussing around for political issues."[1:07]

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Pray & Fast: Fortnight For Freedom

Fortnight For Freedom begins today - June 21, 2012 - July 4, 2012
"the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country."

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Resources from the USCCB

A Prayer for Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

HHS Mandate News Items

Archbishop Lori urges Catholics to stand-up for religious liberty (video) Bishops ready to fight HHS mandate in court This is Bishop Robert Baker(video) of the Birmingham Diocese on the HHS Mandate at The Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally in Birmingham on March 23, 2012 Another Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally Birmingham is scheduled for Friday, June 8,2012 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at KELLY INGRAM PARK 5th Ave. N & 16th St. 

I am obedient...Ascension Sunday...not Thursday

Moving this solemnity pricks my mind and heart as I do not understand why the day is transferred from the Thursday to Sunday. Father Z has a post/poll