Supreme court exempts church-affiliated hospitals from pension law

California-based Dignity Health, which operates both Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals, among three hospital systems that had been sued by employees

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that church-affiliated hospital systems do not have to comply with a federal law governing employee pensions, overturning lower court decisions that could have cost the hospitals billions of dollars. The court ruled 8-0 that church-affiliated organizations are exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a 1974 law that forces … [Read more...]

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OC’s second-largest employer looking for talent

It's not Disneyland, Boeing or The Irvine Company but St. Joseph Health, a Catholic healthcare system

The following comes from a September 12 Orange County Catholic article: When Orange County’s largest employers come to mind, you think of some big names: Disneyland, Boeing, The Irvine Company. But did you know that St. Joseph Health ranks second when comparing private employers by size in the county? The Catholic health care system, which operates St. Joseph Hospital, … [Read more...]

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Will hospitals reject California’s assisted suicide law?

Many medical centers are opting out of the program

The following comes from a May 6 LA Times article by David Lazarus: Medical leaders at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena voted behind closed doors this week for the facility's hundreds of doctors and affiliated personnel to opt out of California's assisted suicide law, which goes into effect June 9. If the proposed amendment to the hospital's medical rules is approved by … [Read more...]

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Teaming up against Catholic hospitals

California Medical Association wants to join ACLU lawsuit against Dignity Health

The following comes from an April 27 89.3 KPCC story by Rebecca Plevin: The California Medical Association is seeking to join the ACLU of Northern California in its lawsuit against a Catholic hospital system over one of its facilities' refusal on religious grounds to allow a doctor to perform a tubal ligation after a planned Cesarean section. The Medical Association says … [Read more...]

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Former Catholic hospital accused of euthanizing woman

Dorothy Lee expressly stated wishes for life-saving treatment, but possessed a 2-million-dollar estate

The following comes from a February 24 LifeSiteNews article by Father Mark Hodges: A formerly Catholic hospital is being sued for negligence and elder abuse resulting in the death of a woman for the sake of her two-million-dollar estate. Dorothy Lee, a bedridden patient at St. Agnes Medical Center, repeatedly expressed to her caregivers and to hospital officials, in … [Read more...]

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The use of religion to rob the vulnerable, the naïve, and the government

The following story was sent in by one of our readers: Medi-Cal is being bilked, but it is not by the usual suspects. A system that allows personal wealth to be awarded by the denial of treatment to those in their care, is an invitation to great and chilling abuse. In Ben Afleck's startling film, The Town (2010) a group of hardened criminals dress as nuns and pull yet … [Read more...]

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Mercy Medical wins sterilization lawsuit

Judge finds in favor of Catholic hospital in Redding; ACLU vows to appeal

The following comes from a January 5 Action News Now article: A San Francisco Superior Court Judge denied a motion Tuesday brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Catholic-affiliated medical group, Dignity Health. Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Medical Center in Redding, has denied women various procedures related to reproductive health in the past … [Read more...]

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