The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 23, Issue 2, Summer 2023

Recommendations for Revising the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

Jozef D. Zalot
Pages 245-257

Commentary on Revisions to the Ethical and Religious Directives, Part One
The Social Responsibility of Catholic Health Care Services

Part One of the ERDs addresses the balance Catholic health care institutions must strike between their mission to carry out the healing ministry of Christ and the demands of the US health care system. Divided into two sections, the commentary begins by proposing revisions to the Part One introduction focusing on enhanced application of Catholic social teaching principles and a renewed call for robust conscience and religious liberty protections. It then proposes additions to the Part One directives designed to help Catholic health care respond with integrity to the many contemporary challenges it faces, and to more full live out its mission and identity.