Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
March 2, 2009
Bishops discuss Catholic education and health care issues
BY RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON – The Western bishops are concerned about the future of Catholic education and health care in the region, said the president of the Western Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In their provincial reports to the Western bishops’ Feb. 17-20 annual assembly, the bishops expressed concern about the state of Catholic education and health care, said Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan.
“There is preoccupation because there is a lot of pressure on the part of some people in both health care and in education to do away with Catholic facilities,” Bohan said.
“There are legal cases that are before the courts (in Yellowknife and Saskatchewan) that will have an impact on the way the Church provides this ministry of educating our Catholic children and providing health care in Catholic institutions.”
ALBERTA IS FLOURISHING
Each province is different. In Alberta, Catholic schools and health care facilities seem to be flourishing.
“In Saskatchewan, the health care facilities are working but there are great challenges to them,” Bohan said.
“There is always pressure within people in the health care departments that do not see the value of having Catholic hospitals or Catholic nursing homes. They would like to see it all under the public system.”
The challenge for the Church is to try to maintain its Catholic health care facilities and its education system, Bohan said.
“We believe that it’s part of our mission and our constitutional right to have these health care facilities; they provide excellence in health care and also treat the whole person.”
The same with Catholic schools, Bohan added.
“It’s part of the mission of the Church to try to teach our children and to give our Catholic parents the opportunity to have their children brought up and educated in the school (system) that reflects their values and morality.”