Fetuses-aren't-people lawsuit: Bishops to review Catholic hospital's argument
Flynn says Catholic health care institutions follow guidelines set out in a document published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services."
"CHI talked to us yesterday about their compliance with the ethical and religious directives and their ongoing desire to comply with them," he says. "They didn't talk specifically about their strategic or tactical decisions" with regard to the litigation, he added. But, Flynn says, "We know they take the directives seriously. We want to look into this issue to make sure everything that's gone on was in compliance with the directives -- not only to respect the dignity of the unborn but to witness to it, as well."
Though Colorado's bishops work closely with Catholic Health Initiatives, Flynn says the organization is actually overseen by an office in the Vatican called the Congregation for Consecrated Life. The reason, he says, is because CHI was formed by the merging of Catholic health care institutions formerly run by nuns, who are overseen by that office.
Flynn says the bishops' review is in the early stages and he's not sure what exactly it will entail. But, he says, "a lot of people are curious about this and concerned about this. We want to be as thorough as we can. We want to be fair to the family, we want to be fair to CHI and we want to be fair to Catholics.
"The bishops want to underscore that the Catholic church believes unborn people have dignity and the way we act should reflect that. Until we know all the facts, it's hard to know what that looks like in this particular case."