Healthcare

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"The essential purpose of health care is to promote and safeguard the well-being of those who need it, that medical research and practice must always be tied to ethical imperatives, that the weak and those who seem unproductive to the eyes of a consumer society have an inviolable dignity that must always be respected, and that health care should be available as a right to all people without exception."
Pope John Paul II

Background
"In accord with its mission, Catholic health care should distinguish itself by service to and advocacy for those people whose social condition puts them at the margins of our society and makes them particularly vulnerable to discrimination: the poor, the uninsured and the underinsured; children and the unborn; single parents; the elderly; those with incurable diseases and chemical dependencies; racial minorities; immigrants and refugees. In particular, the person with mental or physical disabilities, regardless of the cause or severity must be treated as a unique person of incomparable worth, with the same right to life and to adequate health care as all other persons." (Catholic Conference of Kentucky).

Action

  • Promote and support those healthcare companies which work to serve the community rather than working to make more money.
  • Support heath organizations which do not severely contradict Catholic teaching (i.e., do not perform abortions, give emergency contraception, etc.)

Resources

Catholic Living Will

Declaration of Life and Death

Links

Catholic Healthcare Association
USCCB: Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
Florida Catholic Conference: Access to Care
USCCB Health Care Reform

Repeated Social Teaching
Community and Participation - The mystery of the Trinity involves the relationship of complete love among three divine persons in one God. As people made in God’s image, we must model divine love and know that the person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society in economics and politics, in law and policy directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.


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