CNA Staff, Jul 17, 2020 / 17:29 pm America/Denver (CNA).
In a time of significant social and civil upheaval due to a pandemic, civil unrest over racial inequality, and legal threats to religious freedom, a group of Catholic health care workers are offering a virtual conference on the future of Catholic health care in the United States.
“The COVID pandemic has imposed a heavy burden of suffering throughout the world,” Dr. Steven White of the Catholic Medical Association said in a statement.
“If we embrace this cross with faith and hope in God’s mercy, his grace will enable us to bring physical and spiritual healing and renewal.”
The conference, which is entitled “A Cause for Hope: Catholic Health Care and Religious Freedom in the Face of Crisis,” will be held online on Saturday, July 18 beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. It is hosted by the Catholic Medical Association and the Christ Medicus Foundation, and will include speakers from both organizations as well as MyCatholicDoctor and the Catholic Benefits Association. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, will also be a featured speaker.
The goal of the conference is to share a vision for the future of Catholic healthcare, including mental and physical health, as well as a plan for the protection of the religious freedom of Catholics practicing and receiving that care.