Abortion opponents are appealing directly to Pope Benedict XVI to call for a halt to all negotiations between the Archdiocese of Boston and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management over the proposed $830 million sale of six-hospital Caritas Christi Health Care, Boston.
Abortion foes fight Caritas Christi sale
R.T. Neary, the director of ProLife Massachusetts and chairman of the Coalition to Save Catholic Health Care, said in an open letter to the pope that Cerberus has negotiated a right to strip the Boston diocese-owned hospitals of their Catholic ethics and identities by paying an additional $25 million.
Neary's letter says the buy-out option “can only be likened to 25 pieces of silver,” a reference to the 30 pieces of silver for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ in biblical gospels. The letter says modern hospitals face a wide array of modern ethical problems, from abortion to in vitro fertilization, and that Boston-area residents should always have the ability to receive care at facilities that conform to Catholic ethics.
The widespread changing over of Catholic hospitals to non-religious leaders, and the attendant need to preserve Catholic identity in the face of that change, was one of the future challenges recently outlined in the Catholic Health Association's Vision 2020 forward-looking plan for the industry.
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