New Content: Health Reform and Workplace Ministry

We may still be on a biweekly schedule, but we continue to update the Web site every week with new material. Father Jim Martin has been keeping our blog readers up to speed on our manyonlinecultureofferings. And yesterday we posted two new articles on our home page.

The first deals with the neuralgic subject of health care reform and questions why some pro-life groups are targeting Catholic health care leaders for their supposed support of legislation that would cover abortion and euthenasia--a charge Scott McConnaha strongly denies:

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To suggest that the “major Catholic organizations” would advocate expanding abortion access and coverage, as well as promote euthanasia, would be nothing more than laughable if it were not for the apparent influence the “misinformers” have over many unsuspecting Catholics. As director of corporate relations for a Catholic health care ministry, I used to spend most of my time helping legislators understand that true reform must, among other things, uphold the dignity of all persons. Yet now, as with others in this line of work, I have to devote a great deal of effort correcting all the misinformation that, unless checked, could derail reform altogether.

Read "Deceptions and Distortions."

Next up, an article by a Kentucky priest on a far less controversial subject: workplace ministry. In anticipation of Labor Day, Fr. Anthony Shonis describes the many trips he has made to visit parishioners in their place of business:

This has been a wonderfully enlightening experience for me. When people come to Mass they come from somewhere; namely, their home and their workplace. When I look out over the congregation at Mass, I now see not only families but workers. For me this is the beginning of the Sunday / Monday connection. After all, outside of their family, where do most people spend their time? At work. And isn't this where they meet the people whose values are often most different from theirs?

Read "Spirit at Work."

Of course, like all Web -only content, both articles are free to all readers.

Tim Reidy

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