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A Sign of Hope: A Pastoral Letter on Healthcare by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

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A Sign of Hope: A Pastoral Letter on Healthcare by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
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Originally published Oct. 18, 1995

Calling health care "an essential ministry" and one especially capable of providing the "sign of hope" so badly needed by the ill, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin’s cherished pastoral letter on health care,  

"A Sign of Hope," is again available for order.

The letter provides a theological, moral and social foundation for understanding what is distinctive about the Catholic health ministry. In it, the late Cardinal reflects on his illness, and following up on earlier writings, he reiterates his support of the not-for-profit nature of health care delivery, asking for others to join him "in resisting efforts to make healthcare in our nation or our own ministry merely another commodity, simply another item to be sold."

In reading a review offered in the Chicago Tribune, on November 7, 1995, we get a glimpse of the signs of the times when this was penned, knowing that they are times in which we remain:

"[Card.] Bernardin [in "A Sign of Hope"} urged that Catholic institutions collaborate to survive competitive financial pressures, and, hark back to their religious mission of providing hope, comfort, and a sense that patients are part of a community."

This is an essential read for all of those leading and managing in Catholic health care.

This 36-page brochure includes the entirety of the pastoral letter.

Product Details

Publication Date: January 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 36
Product Dimensions: H: 8.5 IN., W: 5.5 IN.
Shipping Weight: 0.1375 Lb.