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David E. Guinn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178734.001.0001

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Catholic Health Care in the Public Square

Catholic Health Care in the Public Square

Tension on the Frontier

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(p.403) 19 Catholic Health Care in the Public Square
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Handbook of Bioethics and Religion
Author(s):

Clarke E. Cochran

, David E. Guinn
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195178734.003.0020

There is a tendency to see the current challenges to Catholic health care ministry as unprecedented, and the particular shape they take certainly is. But there has always been pressure. The reason is simple: whatever the dominant political, economic, or medical system of a given time and place, Catholic identity must always be at an ethical angle. Catholics faithful to Jesus' words and deeds are “resident aliens” in every society.

Keywords:   Catholic health care, ethical angle, tension, identity

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