A new role for the Church. Dioceses should do more in providing care for dependent and dying persons
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

In 1988, with the publication of Catholic Health Ministry: A New Vision for a New Century, the Commission on Catholic Health Care Ministry called on the Church to redefine its healing mission in society. Unfortunately, despite various efforts, the Church has not yet fully articulated a shared vision of Catholic healthcare, healing, and support. Healing human brokenness has always been the Church's work in the world, whether the brokenness be physical, emotional, intellectual, moral, or spiritual. The Church, having a broader definition of brokenness than that of the larger healthcare system, must sometimes act as a countercultural critic of that system. Two of the great challenges facing healthcare today are providing care for dependent persons (people with chronic illnesses and older people) and for dying persons. In both cases, much more coordination of the various actors is needed. The Church could ensure that this coordination is carried out. In each diocese, the bishop should organize a pastoral health and social service planning group to assess community needs and apply Church resources to them. Local Catholic healthcare providers and social service agencies should develop a corporate culture of healing and support. Parishes should accept the idea that healing and supporting frail people are integral parts of parish life.

Author(s): 
Fahey, C. J.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Journal Abbreviation: 
Health Prog
Publication Date: 
1998-10
Publication Year: 
1998
Pages: 
34-37, 51
Volume: 
79
Issue: 
5
ISSN: 
0882-1577
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 10187517

Turabian/Chicago Citation

C. J. Fahey. 1998-10. "A new role for the Church. Dioceses should do more in providing care for dependent and dying persons." Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.) 79: 5: 34-37, 51.

Wikipedia Citation

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