Hospitals need Catholic identity – archbishop

November 26, 2012

In their mission to serve all people, Catholic health care facilities also must be vigilant in maintaining their Christian identity and protecting the life and dignity of the human person, said the head of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry.

“It’s fundamental that Catholic health centres maintain their proper identity without compromise, welcoming everyone without, however, ceding to harmful forms of secularization or relativism,” said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, council president.

Adhering to the Gospel is “almost impossible to undertake and maintain faithfully” if people don’t see their work as “an authentic vocation,” he said.