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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Church challenged to total care of sick and dying, By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The specter of physician-as- sisted suicide challenges the U.S. Catholic Church to inten- sify its health care ministry and to do more to provide com- passionate, comprehensive care for the sick and the dying, Boston Cardinal Bernard F. Law said March 20. One of the most important areas of expanding health min- istry in the church today is at the parish level, he said. In Washington for a meeting of the Administrative Commit- tee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Law spoke briefly with Catholic News Service about the church's own ministry and wit- ness. He talked to CNS immedi- ately following a press confer- ence at which he addressed various legal, moral and public policy issues posed by the re- cent federal appeals court deci- sion that declared physician-as- sisted suicide a constitutional right for the terminally ill. In the church's own ministry to the sick and dying, he said, "we already have a great deal. In the Archdiocese of Boston we have hospice; we were one, of the first institutions to have up and running facilities for persons with AIDS; we have a special facility for mothers who are HIV-positive and their children, a facility for homeless persons with AIDS." He said Boston is among U.S. Catholic dioceses that are working to develop "a parish- based health care ministry, be- cause we feel that the parish more and more in the present climate . . . is going to be the locus for the provision of health care, both preventative and otherwise." The U.S. bishops' teachings, he added, "about death and compassion and mercy and prayer and care for the dying is a very rich resource that we need to make available. I would refer . . . to the (U.S. bishops' 1994) 'Ethical and Re- ligious Directives for Catholic Health Care Facilities."' "What they provide in terms of an approach to the issue of the terminally ill in a compas- sionate and moral way is a great help not only within the church but to the wider com- munity," he said. The need for the church to expand the effectiveness of its health care ministry "is going to be ever greater as public dollars are reduced in the care of the poor and the elderly," Cardinal Law said. Just as the church is work- ing to help children threatened by abortion and men and women affected by abortion, he said, "so we need to be pre- sent ever more effectively to those at the outer boundaries of life, providing the kind of compassionate, loving care that every human being is en- titled to as they move from this life to the next." Expanding on his comments on increasing parish-based health ministry and witness, he said: "My own sense is that there is no institution in the United States capable of re- I Saint. osepn HOSPITAL & HEALTH CENTER Saint Joseph Hospital & Health Center is a 160 bed JCAHO accredited hospital and is a member of the Daughters of Charity National Health System. We are committed to serving our patients with excellence and to providing a Supportive work environment for our associates. We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits. 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