Cardinal George of Chicago has voiced his opinion that the HHS contraception/abortifacient mandate will cause all Catholic hospitals to close their doors within the next two years or to cease operating as Catholic institutions. This mandate, of course, was foisted upon us by "katholyc" Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary, through mechanisms built into the 2000+ page monstrosity known as Obamacare.
Those of us who fought to stave off this disaster in March of 2010 were betrayed by Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, who wielded her influence to get the measure passed by the House of Representatives. Oh, yes, she postured and waxed thoughtful when the mandates first came out - but then we learned that she actually facilitated the sham of a compromise.
Comes now the news that Sister Carol Keehan will be the "honorary chair" of Providence Hospital's 2012 Gala. The announcement is here. (Should it "disappear", please advise via a comment and I'll make it "reappear") Additional information is here.
Think of the horrid irony of it all. Sister is her colluding with the Messiah Most Miserable to attack the foundations of Catholic health care. But a hospital that is being threatened by Sister's treachery is allowing her to chair their fundraising event. The hospital directors and staff are literally going to kiss the hand that stabs them in the back!
Please contact Providence and ask them to select another gala chair who won't accept their honors on the one hand and on the other hand, work to undermine them. Contact information is on the links listed above.
Should they not reconsider, we may have to picket. Sister Carol is somewhat familiar with our pickets, I might add.