March 2023 Edition
The President's Corner
“If you hold to my teaching…you will know the Truth.” John 8:31

Dear Friends in Christ,

The vision of CHCLA is the renewal of Catholic health care with a mission to promote and defend the Church’s ministry in harmony with the mind and heart of its founder, Jesus Christ. To do this requires an unwavering commitment to the truth contained in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition and its practical application to health care as presented in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services of the USCCB.

This includes the truth regarding the dignity of mankind made in “the image and likeness of God” and the truth regarding human sexuality, marriage and the family as mankind “created male and female” to “be fruitful and multiply.” This is fundamental to the mission of restoring and sustaining the living tradition of Catholic health care.

Tragically, this truth has been abandoned in postmodern culture and obscured even within the Body of Christ itself. If anyone doubts the latter, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, President of the USCCB and a member of CHCLA Episcopal Advisory Board, states this unequivocally: “There are attempts to muddy the clear moral teaching of the Church in matters of the dignity of the human person, human sexuality and the sanctity of holy matrimony… Sometimes we hear a suggestion of a difference between teaching or doctrine and pastoral care. However, we know that nothing truly pastoral fails to begin with the truth.”

CHCLA exists to uphold the truth in health care through the grace of God and the experience and expertise of its members in medicine, law, bioethics, theology, philosophy, business administration and pastoral care in service to those who suffer physically, emotionally or spiritually. By upholding the truth, we bring the Truth Himself, the Divine Physician, to the bedside to minister to the sick.

As we journey together through these final weeks of Lent, let’s remain united in prayer for one another and for the mission of CHCLA. Pray that we might be transformed by the truth of the Paschal Mystery thereby channeling the light of the risen Christ to dispel the darkness of the culture of death and restore a culture of life throughout the ministry of Catholic health care and beyond.

And finally, please prayerfully consider how you might be called to contribute your time, talent or treasure to the work of CHCLA.

God Bless,
Steven White, MD
President, CHCLA
Honoring and Upholding Parents' Rights
Parents have a God-given vocation to form and protect their children - including the responsibility to oversee and be involved in all decisions regarding their health care.

In a letter to the Hon. Virginia Foxx, Chairwoman
of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education & the Workforce, CHCLA voiced its support of parents' rights regarding their children's welfare. Several colleagues and allied organizations joined the letter as signatories.

This is part of our ongoing effort to support issues in Congress that uphold the truth of our Faith in the ministry of Catholic health care.
Support Our Work
We need a culture that respects and protects foundational values, and primary among these values are the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person.

CHCLA is committed to bringing a witness to Catholic health care, to the teaching of the Catholic faith, and to the truth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Please consider donating to support us in this mission!
CHCLA at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
Members of CHCLA attended the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this month in Washington, D.C.
Upcoming Events

More information on these initiatives and events, as well as upcoming webinars, will be shared in the coming months.
Member Spotlight
The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Bar Notes

The Catholic Bar Association
CHCLA members are invited to join the Catholic Bar Alliance's pilgrimage to London from June 17-24, 2023 with Bishop Edward Burns (Diocese of Dallas) and scholars David Oakley and Lou Karlin.
Become a Member of CHCLA
Membership is open to everyone from individual health care professionals to large health systems and offers a number of benefits:
  • Being a part of an active community of likeminded individuals who share a common goal of advancing Catholic Health Care.

  • Being a recognized leader in advancing Catholic Health Care through the initiatives of the CHCLA.

  • Being a part of a larger voice for Catholic Health Care, a voice that represents all Catholic health care providers, through advocacy at the highest levels of federal, state and local government.

  • Having an active role and voice in the strategy of Catholic Health Care in the United States and abroad, and the trajectory of the CHCLA.

  • Having access to a broad network of professionals in various areas related to health care, including medicine, law, business, academia, insurance, advocacy, and experts on specific health care topics.

  • Having access to educational material, papers, reports and academic insights on Catholic Health Care and the health care delivery system, through courses, podcasts, publications and both live and remote events.

  • Having access to advocacy organizations and receiving updates on advocacy initiatives, pending and anticipated lawsuits, and the impact of legislation and legal cases on Catholic Health Care.