Bishop Tobin Won’t Let Catholicism Just Be a Brand
As much as it’s disappointing to see division among Catholic organizations, unity can’t be the core principle of any group that actually believes in anything. That is to say that I think Bishop Thomas Tobin got this one right:
Following a statement issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressing regret that health care reform came with the possibility of expanded abortion funding, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin sent a letter March 29 to Sister Carol Keehan, the president and CEO of the Catholic Health Organization, requesting that St. Joseph Health Care of Rhode Island be dropped from the organization’s membership and expressing his disappointment that the CHA, under her leadership, publicly endorsed the legislation that was signed into law.
Breaking with the position of the U.S. Bishops who support health care reform without federal funding for abortion, Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, said that “while not perfect, the reform law significantly expands coverage, especially to low-income and vulnerable populations, and is a tremendous step toward protecting human dignity and promoting the common good.”
Just as Catholicism isn’t only an ethnicity, it isn’t only an organizational brand.