Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Bishop of Fargo ND has this synthesis to offer Catholics discerning the issue of health care.
1. Any provisions for actions which deny the dignity of human life, especially abortion, euthanasia, whether passive or active, and embryonic stem-cell research must be excluded from all health care plans.
2. The freedom of consciences must be safeguarded. The moral voice of individual doctors, nurses, health professionals, as well as the general public, deserve reverence and respect.
3. Access to health care ought to be available to all people, including the poor, legal immigrants, the handicapped, and especially the elderly and unborn members of society.
4. The means of providing access to health care should be governed by the principle of subsidiarity, being reasonably and equitably distributed among members of society.
Read the Bishop's entire letter HERE.
Bishop Aquila will be a guest on Kresta In The Afternoon next Thursday, September 10.