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Lenten meditation: Health care as basic human right

Posted by marriageretreats on March 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM



(In the picture: Christ heals the man with paralysed hand. Byzantine mosaic in the Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy)



Good and fruitful Lenten preparations to all of you!


We propose for your Lenten meditations the following essay of Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, a doctor and provincial for the Jesuits' New England Province, "Health Care: A basic human right" for the Winter 2009-10 issue of Company magazine:



Fr. Sheehan has several important insights that provide good points of reference to look at the ongoing discussion and understand some of suffering of many for lack of health care (although the remark that he does not support the "single payer" form of health care seems like to run against his first assuption about health care being basic human right. Real universal health care that is based simply on the right of each person cannot be provided otherwise. Every other system creates unjust rationing. Health care should be provided on the analogy of public education.)


Peace and graces.

Categories: Life issues

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