The canonical status of Catholic health care facilities in the Province of New Brunswick in the light of recent provincial government legislation.

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Title: The canonical status of Catholic health care facilities in the Province of New Brunswick in the light of recent provincial government legislation.
Authors: McGowan, Michael Dennis.
Date: 1998
Abstract: The presence of the Roman Catholic Church in institutional health care is as old as the history of Canada itself. On July 25, 1869, the first Catholic hospital in the Province of New Brunswick was founded at Chatham by the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph. This marked the beginning of a one-hundred-and-thirty year tradition of caring for and healing the sick. Subsequently, other religious institutes of women founded and administered health care facilities throughout New Brunswick, ranging from hospitals to nursing schools to homes for the aged. At the heart of the Church's health care apostolate lays the affirmation of the dignity of the human person and the strong commitment to give concrete expression to the gospel mandate "to heal the sick." In March 1992, the provincial health minister announced an overhaul of the health care system in New Brunswick. This legislation threatened the Church's integral mission of providing health care in the Province. The Hospital Act of 1992 terminated unilaterally the collaboration, cooperation and partnership between Government and Church in the area of health care. The take-over of the Catholic hospitals, the dissolution of the individual hospital boards, the establishment of seven regional hospital corporations, challenged and even denied the Church's right to be involved in the health care delivery system. Obviously, this legislation proved unsatisfactory to the religious institutes owning hospitals in the Province, to the bishops and to the New Brunswick Catholic Health Association. On April 21, 1993, after nearly a year of negotiations, an Agreement was reached whereby Catholic hospital facilities in the Province would continue to be owned by the religious institutes. While administration and control of these same facilities would come under the authority of a regional hospital corporation, provisions were introduced to safeguard Catholic mission, values, philosophy and ethics in these hospitals. The Hospital Act of 1992 was also amended so as to include these guarantees, while, at the same time, establishing Advisory Committees for each of the Catholic hospitals in the Province. These Committees would be the mechanism assuring the protection and promotion of the Catholicity of the hospital facilities. The canonical status of the Catholic hospitals in New Brunswick has been definitively altered in New Brunswick by the provincial legislation of 1992. However, other health care facilities continue to be owned, administered and controlled by religious in the Province. These facilities make visible in a tangible way the presence of the Healing One who issued the command nearly two thousand years to care for and heal the sick. Canon Law provides the necessary provisions to assist and enhance this apostolic endeavour.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/4510
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-10295
CollectionTh├Ęses, 1910 - 2010 // Theses, 1910 - 2010
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