NHI received this notice from a Pro-Life Advocate, regarding the Massachusetts Diocese and the planned closing of many Catholic Hospitals. 

Are Catholic Hospitals no longer needed? Is charitable care a victim of Socialized Healthcare? Are hospitals that do not perform On-Demand Abortions no longer needed?

I'm sure you can think of your own quesitons!


Dear Pro-Life Friend,

A NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONCERNING CARITAS NORWOOD HOSPITAL, INC., from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Boston Herald, June 5, 2010, P 9) concerns the transfer of ownership of Caritas Norwood to Cerberus/Steward. AG Martha Coakley placed a similar notice. There will be hearings on the other hospitals at later dates.

The Caritas Norwood public hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at the Coakley Middle School, 1350 Washington St., Norwood, MA 02062 commencing at 6 p.m.

There are several reasons to object to this transfer:

1/ The Boston Pilot of May 14, 2010 reported that Cardinal Sean O'Malley would allow Caritas Norwood, or any of the other 5 Caritas Christi hospitals, to abandon its Catholic identity (by performing abortions, for example) in exchange for a payment of $4,166,666  per hospital to a charity of Cardinal O’Malley’s choice.

2/ Caritas hospitals would have a “Conversion to taxable status to generate significant new state and local tax revenue”, according to a News Release of March 25, 2010 ( These “significant” taxes, and the new FOR PROFIT status would result in higher charges to patients. Cerberus shareholders will want to see a return on their $830 million investment!

3/ Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Caritas Christi Health Care have an obligation to continue to own and operate Catholic hospitals, as this is one of the Church’s core activities.

Persons wishing to make their views known may appear at the hearing or may submit written comments to: Department of Public Health, Determination of Need Program, 99 Chauncy St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02111. Written comments will be accepted up until 5 p.m., July 30, 2010. Note: Please mail by July 26, 2010 to ensure timely delivery.

You may also submit written comments by regular mail to: Public Charities Division/Caritas Transaction, Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108 or by e-mail to Caritas@State.MA.US

Yours in Pro-Life,