Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Your Excellency,

I was mistaken.  When I came across internet references to the "Medical Moral Commission of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia" (1, 2, 3, 4), I incorrectly assumed the commission to be current and you to be its chair.  To whom may Catholics in the Archdiocese address medical moral concerns?

Archbishop Chaput has spoken of a national leadership "hostile - to religious engagement in public affairs" (Heart on Fire).  Yet even among our politicians who identify themselves as Catholic and pro life, USCCB-supported efforts such as the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HR940/S1204), the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR7/S946), the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 3279/S1848), the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR1797/S1670/S 886), and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (HR732/S32/S369) seem to have gained little traction!  Along with leaders we have sent to D.C., there seems minimal awareness among our Philadelphia-area neighbors of the perils to the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, and conscience posed by the HHS mandates.

On medical moral concerns, I believe that scandalous seeds of confusion have been sown by Catholic hospitals in the archdiocese - so much so that it is misleading for them to be called "Catholic":
    1) there is a paucity of NFP-only physicians among OBGYNs with privileges (i.e., Only one OBGYN can be identified who is on One More Soul's list of NFP only OBGYNs);
    4) publicly available information on end of life care poorly presents Catholic teaching (Right in the home archdiocese of the late Terri Schindler-Schiavo, neither Holy Redeemer's Advance Directive form, nor Mercy Health System's Vendor Compliance Program, nor Saint Mary's Advanced Directives and Living Wills, strike me as clearly specifying:

    • Catholic teaching with regard to nutrition and hydration, and
    • that health care services cannot honor non-specific directives to forego nutrition and hydration).

On medical moral concerns, I believe that seeds of confusion are also sown by certain advertisments in parish bulletins.  One More Soul has identified less than a handful of pharmacies - across the country - that do NOT sell abortifacients and contraceptives.  Unless there is indication that a pharmacy does not sell such poisons, inclusion of an ad in a parish bulletin can send a misleading message .  I know of four parishes in my own Bucks County that provide such ads: 

Support for authentically pro life pharmacists requires vigilance, to ensure that parishes are not inadvertently promoting providers of morally excluded particles and devices.

Your Excellency, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you, to address medical moral concerns.

Sincerely,

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I am an enormously blessed husband and dad. In regard to my Catholic theological background, I have a certificate in social ministry & a master's degree (moral theology concentration), as well as a catechetical diploma from the Vatican's Sacred Congregation for the Clergy (Nope, I am not now - nor have I have ever been - a seminarian, deacon, or priest.). I feel particularly proud to have a mandatum. I also have a doctorate in Christian counseling psychology.

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