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Theology links Christian ministry with God's call.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10265223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Catholic health care ministry originates in and is shaped by the theme of call in the Old and New Testaments. To be specifically Catholic, health professionals and facilities must define their ministries according to the values expressed in this theological tradition. Sponsorship. The opportunity to provide health care enables religious communities to contribute to God's ongoing creation process and to reiterate Christ's call to minister to others. Although health care facility sponsorship thrusts religious communities into the arena of big business, the abandonment of the health care mission could be considered a betrayal of evangelical values. Quality of life. The implicit concern for human dignity that distinguishes Catholic health care facilities should be evident in personalized patient care, just working conditions, and a commitment to healing in the civic community. Stewardship in ethics. The development of business policies and procedures and institutional responses to social change should be carefully considered in light of the Catholic understanding of loving covenant and the Christian way of life. Shared ministry. Health care facilities have played a leading role in implementing the Second Vatican Council's vision of ministry. Sponsoring communities' continued willingness to share responsibilities with laity will be imperative in meeting the health care demands of the future.
L J O'Connell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hospital progress     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0018-5817     ISO Abbreviation:  Hosp Prog     Publication Date:  1984 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-04-17     Completed Date:  1984-04-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374656     Medline TA:  Hosp Prog     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  40-1, 58     Citation Subset:  H    
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MeSH Terms
Career Choice*
Health Occupations*
Quality of Life

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