When Catholics found out the details of how the Cardinal's plan would work at the level of Catholic healthcare providers and patients seeking abortions and distributed the information, the Cardinal sent out the following:
To be perfectly clear, Caritas Christi will never do anything to promote abortions, to direct any patients to providers of abortion or in any way to participate in actions that are contrary to Catholic moral teaching and anyone who suggests otherwise is doing a great disservice to the Catholic Church. We are committed to the Gospel of Life and no arrangement will be entered into unless it is completely in accord with Church teaching.
However, Planned Parenthood made Caritas put their promises in writing and then released the content of those promises to the Boston Globe:
From the Globe:
The Connector Authority board, which oversees the Commonwealth Care program, voted unanimously in favor of the joint venture proposed by Centene Corp., a St. Louis-based health organization, and Caritas Christi Health Care Network.
The vote followed several closed-door sessions in which officials from Centene and Caritas, the minority partner in the joint venture, assured regulators that women will have "ready access" to family planning and reproductive services, an issue that sparked concerns from abortion foes and reproductive rights activists.
Among the written assurances are a pledge that medical staff operating under the Centene-Caritas insurance plan, known as Commonwealth Family Health Plan, will inform women of their healthcare options, including abortion. The insurers will also provide a toll-free customer service line, available around the clock, to inform women abou t where they can get contraception, sterilization, and other family planning services not offered in the immediate setting. In an emergency, a service representative will arrange transportation to the nearest appropriate facility, officials said.
The regulators promised to watch closely. "We will certainly monitor their performance ," said Jon Kingsdale, the authority's executive director. "We will not allow them to start up or continue if they are not in compliance."
As a measure of the underlying tensions, four board members emphasized the need for oversight.
"I remain somewhat concerned about implementation," said Nonnie Burnes, state commissioner of insurance and a former Planned Parenthood board member. "I am willing to support this as long as we have some way to monitor this" in doctor's offices and other healthcare facilities.
The Cardinal had to stop saying that there would be no abortion referrals and instead a new statement essentially saying he was ignorant of whether forcing Catholics to inform women about abortion, providing them with instructions and 24 hour hotline abortion referral service, sending her by taxi to get the abortion and permitting doctors and nurses to be monitored by Planned Parenthood passed the muster of the Gospel of Life and is waiting on the opinion of our faithful National Catholic Bioethics Center to see if this is honest to God Catholic credo.
There's a simple formula to get to that answer. If the Pope can't do it and Cardinal's and priests can't do it - neither can Catholic physicians or any other heatlhcare worker. Further physicians take a civil oath not to do any harm - and sending people by taxicab to be killed violates that oath.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center must give their opinion confidentially and it is the Cardinal's responsibility to release that opinion. A week has gone by and in that week, the Cardinal permitted Caritas to enter into the contract.
THIS IS FOCA. FOCA is here. FOCA is being put in by Cardinal O'Malley.
Please do not sweep this under the rug where the rapes of our children used to reside. This is murder and when a Cardinal is trying to implement it, we have the duty to step up into the public square and say this is outrageous and wrong - - just as we do with Pelosi, Sebelius and Obama.
We are not a cult. Release the details to the public so that they may act upon it and stop this abomination.
Boston needs your help TODAY. Please help us by getting into the public square what is going on and encouraging people to contact the Nuncio and Vatican officials.
Copied below is the email addresses, phone numbers, etc for contacting the Papal Nuncio and Vatican offices...
His Excellency Pietro Sambi
3339 Massachusets Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008-3687
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI PP
Via Del Pellegrino
Citta Del Vaticano 00120
Vatican City State
His Eminence Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
Cardinal Secretary of State
Secretariat of State
Vatican City 00120
11 39 06 6988 3438
011 39 06 6988 5088 FAX
His Eminence William Cardinal Levada, S.T.D.
Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith
Secretary - Fr. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, SJ
Piazza del S. Uffizio 11
011 39 06 6988 3357
His Eminence Claudio Cardinal Hummes
Congregation For the Clergy
Piazza Della Città
011 39 06 6988 4151
011 39 06 6988 4845 FAX
Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Csaba Ternyak
Rev. Msgr. Arthur Calkins
Assistant to President Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos
Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"
Piazza Pio XII 3
His Eminence Cardinal Antonelli
Pontifical Council For the Family
Piazza S. Calisto 16
00153 Roma, Piazza S. Calisto, 16
His Eminence Franc Cardinal Rode
The Congregation For Institutes of Consecrated Life and For Societies of Apostolic Life
Piazza Pio XII 3
Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti, C.P.
His Eminence Cardinal Francis Arinze
Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Roman Curia
Palazzo delle Congregazioni, 00193 Roma, Piazza Pio XII, 10
Telephone: 06.69.88.43.16; 06.69.88.43.18
Most Reverend Albert Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith Patabendige Don
Congregation for Divine Worship & Discipline of the Sacraments
Piazza Pio XII 10,
011 39 06 6988 4316
011 39 06 6988 3499 FAX
His Eminence Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re
Congregation For Bishops
Piazza Pio XII #10
011 39 06 6988 4217
011 39 06 6988 4300 FAX
Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio