June 30, 2009

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

The bottom line is that in this [ethical] crisis, we're talking about financial and government pressures forcing compromise for large healthcare systems that include acute care hospitals. Is it time for the Church to look at getting out of the acute care hospital business? Nelson writes:
"The primary role of Catholic health care should be to provide support for the culture of life and to evangelize the secular culture....It is increasingly difficult to perform those roles in the acute care hospital setting. In order to survive financially, Catholic hospitals are entering into complex and nuanced arrangements with non-Catholic providers who are involved in providing reproductive services that are incompatible with Catholic teaching. The cumulative effect of all this activity is to undermine Catholic teaching on abortion, contraception and sterilization. In addition, health care is becoming less personal and more reliant on technology. Perhaps it would be better to divert the resources of Catholic healthcare to alternative ministries. This could be a series of hospices to support the dying or those in a persistent vegetative state. It could include a system of family health centers that would provide Natural Family Planning instructions and birthing facilities, as well as general health care of families, clinics in underserved areas that could focus on preventive care, rehabilitation facilities and centers for the care of the mentally ill and handicapped."
-Amy Welborn commeting on and quoting Dr. Leonard Nelson's book "Diagnosis Still Critical"

Noticed:"Brave New World" now refers to scientific techniques from the novel, rather than its hedonic people and amoral managerial class. - Kevin Jones of Philokalia

[Andrew] Sullivan, who has worn dozens of hats in his lifetime, is truly unique. He stands astride the worlds of politics, journalism, theology, foreign policy, and applied obstetrics like the Colossus of Rhodes. - Christopher Badeaux via Terrence Berres

Every animal offers you a different side of love. Especially dogs. Every class of dog is like a denomination of church. - Andy Griggs via "Sancta Sanctis"

The Gov thought the grass there was greener,
So he gadded to gay Argentina;
But returned from that place
With much egg on his face
And a chastened (if not chaste) demeanor. - Bob of Trousered Ape

Is Penthouse Forum on Twitter? They should post 140 character stories. "I never believed your tweets until last summer when I delivered -" - Phil Albinus

Confession: as I criticize media Jackson overload, I sing "human nature". - Kathryn Lopez of NRO

Grant kids internet access levels based on ability to construct & transliterate passwords from Greek participles - Kevin Jones of Philokalia


smockmomma said...

"Every class of dog is like a denomination of church."

yes, and if this be so, then my beloved chihuahua *must* be of the one holy catholic and apostolic church. although i'm confident that mamaT would strongly disagree, perhaps even going so far as to claim they would be something more akin to the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. h'rumph.

TS said...

Smockolicious, since we have a German shepherd (Pope Benedict), then perhaps the German shepherd should represent the one holy c & a church.

What do you think of when you think of a G-shepherds? Loyalty, protection, love, guarding the deposit, sniffing out drugs (heresy), etc...

Although I've been told that Catholicism isn't a denomination so perhaps the point is moot, or as is fashionable to say, mute.

Enbrethiliel said...


Since Griggs isn't a Catholic, he can be given a pass on the theology.

What is obvious to this Catholic is that all dogs are as Catholic as the Pacific ocean is damp. They also just happen to be amazing at ecumenism.