Catholic health-care institutions are needed today more than ever, Cardinal Raymond Burke told a conference on Catholic hospitals in Ohio last week.
“Our country suffers the scourge of an attack on the dignity of human
life,” the cardinal said.
He pointed to the increased acceptance of
abortion, euthanasia, and “the pervasive view of the human body as a
tool to be used for achieving maximum personal convenience and
To counteract these influences, he said, it is essential for
Catholic institutions to maintain their religious identity and their
Among the dangers facing Catholic institutions, Cardinal Burke said,
is the reliance on “financial support and assistance which is given
under conditions which obscure of even betray the Christian identity of
the Catholic health-care institution.”