Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In Philly's Catholic Hospitals, You're FAR More Likely to Encounter Specialists in Prohibited Services, than an NFP-Only Specialist in Ob &/or Gyn

Most Rev. John J. McIntyre
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., K.M., President
National Catholic Bioethics Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Your Excellency & Dr. Haas,

Please see the attached spread sheet on physicians providing obstetric and/or gynecological services at Philadelphia's Catholic hospitals. Your Excellency & Dr. Haas, how are we to believe in even the possibility of compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives, when so many are blatantly advertising their involvement with prohibited services?

Of 93 physicians, only one can be identified as "NFP-only" and not prescribing contraceptives. Yet, numerous physicians, who practiced at Catholic hospitals, advertise provision of prohibited services, such as contraception, "gestational carrier/surrogacy," IVF, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, sterilization/tubal ligation, and "third party reproduction" - to say nothing of yoga instruction from a "Reiki Master" and former chair of an ObGYN department! Can we be so gullible as to believe that their philosophies do not carry over into the work they do at Catholic hospitals?

I do not understand how these conditions have come to exist and have been allowed to exist, in the same archdiocese which is home to the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Why hasn't the NCBC been making more clear to the Catholic laity, what has been happening? To call these Philadelphia hospitals "Catholic" - facilities that allow such conditions to exist - strikes me as an injustice to the women who innocently seek services from them. The entire situation strikes me as an offense against the 2nd Commandment.

I would like to know how the archdiocese is addressing this scandalous situation, and I would appreciate the courtesy of a reply.


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