L.A. Archbishop calls on Catholic health care professionals to defend human dignity

The greatest challenge faced by Catholic health care workers is a “growing secularism,” said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

“This growing secularism endangers our religious freedom,” he said Oct. 8, giving the keynote address that concluded the Oct. 6-8 Catholic Medical Association’s annual conference.

The archbishop pointed to the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that health insurance plans cover contraception and sterilization.

“When we stop acknowledging our Creator, we stop acknowledging who we are,” Archbishop Gomez said. “Without God we lose our ethics and the reason for human rights.”

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