U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Releases New Edition of Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

June 22, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

 WASHINGTON— The United States Conference ofCatholic Bishops (USCCB) is publishing the sixth edition of the Ethical andReligious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, a revision thatimplements modifications regarding collaborating with non-Catholic partners.

The health care system in the United States is markedby both extraordinary challenges and immense possibilities for good.

In these revised Directives, approved by majority voteduring the USCCB Spring General Assembly 2018, the bishops reaffirm theChurch's commitment to Catholic health care ministry, in faithful imitation ofJesus Christ, the Divine Physician. The Directives aim to reaffirm ethicalstandards of behavior and provide authoritative guidance on moral issues thatface health care today.

This new edition offers a helpful update of Part Six,"Collaborative Arrangements with Other Health Care Organizations andProviders." This section offers background and guidelines for collaborativearrangements between Catholic and non-Catholic health care institutions.

The Directives are especially relevant toinstitutionally based Catholic health care services, and they are directlyaddressed to "sponsors, trustees, administrators, chaplains, physicians, healthcare personnel, and patients or residents" of Catholic health careinstitutions. The Directives are also useful as a teaching tool to give soundguidance to students and faculty at Catholic medical schools, Catholic medicalassociations, Catholic hospitals and medical facilities, and to all pastors,administrators, doctors, nurses, and staff involved in the health care ministryand related pastoral care.


″          Preamble

″          General Introduction

″          Part One: The Social Responsibility of Catholic Health Care Services

″          Part Two: The Pastoral and Spiritual Responsibility of Catholic Health Care

″          Part Three: The Professional-Patient Relationship

″          Part Four: Issues in Care for the Beginning of Life

″          Part Five: Issues in Care for the Seriously Ill and Dying

″          Part Six: Collaborative Arrangements with Other Health Care Organizations andProviders

″          Conclusion

The USCCB has made the book available for order onlineat: http://store.usccb.org/searchresults.asp?Search=ethical+and+religious


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