The attorney general of Washington, D.C., is examining financial records related to Providence Hospital, a Catholic facility that operates in one of the poorest sections of the city and that is slated for closing.
Opponents of the shutdown are appealing to the courts and the National Labor Relations Board to force Ascension healthcare system to keep Providence Hospital open, arguing it has a responsibility to sick patients who still need service. But, so far, Ascension is winning the battle.
Ascension Healthcare says it is creating a new model to address changing health needs. Critics say the hospital is abandoning marginalized patients and its Catholic mission while its leadership collects exorbitant salaries.
More than 500 current and former Catholic Workers, adherents of a radical fealty to the beatitudes who have taken their Catholicism all the way to the margins of society, gathered in Worcester, Mass., July 9-12, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the movement.
They came from throughout the United States and from Europe to share stories, pray, discuss the nitty-gritty of life in Catholic Worker houses of hospitality, hash out philosophy and dance. They produced a statement urging the church to reject war and speak loudly for justice.
“At this critical point in history, as we face unending war, including U.S. plans to attack Iran, ecological destruction and economic collapse, we call on our church and nation to join us in repenting our affronts to God,” the statement read in part.
“We once again implore the leadership of the Catholic church in the United States, now and without evasion, to break its silence and to wield the authority provided by the nonviolent Gospel of Jesus Christ, by calling the entire nation to repent for the war crimes we have committed in the so-called War on Terror.”