Don’t forget broad range of Catholic social teachings
Thank you for your reminder of our Catholic social teachings and our responsibility to participate in our society, working toward the common good (March editorial, “Meddle in Alaska’s politics”). Along with the primary teaching of the dignity of the human person and our call to participate we must also remember the Catholic teaching on the preferential option for the poor, the dignity of work and the worker, our solidarity as one human family, our rights and responsibilities, and, as we enjoy the return of spring, the love and care of God’s creation. As we consider upcoming political conversations, decisions and budgets, may we keep all of these in mind.
— Patricia Kennish, Anchorage
Catholic health care options are available
In 2015, in the midst of so many challenges to the protection of life and religious liberty in health care, we must find new and creative ways to empower our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ to say “Yes” to life in their health care. We must empower each other to find better solutions to secure the human right to medical care while upholding the beauty of the Gospel of Life.
It is our prayer that the Christ Medicus Foundation (CFM), will provide new and creative solutions to this end. One of our programs is a Catholic health care alternative whose members are exempt from the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act — commonly called “Obamacare.”
Announced on Oct. 2, 2014, CFM CURO works together with Samaritan Ministries International to provide the first in the nation Catholic health care sharing experience. Members of the CMF CURO ministry are also members of Samaritan Ministries International and directly share medical costs with more than 35,000 households across the country. CMF CURO members are empowered with a Catholic spiritual foundation, reference-based pricing services, a membership card, and an online health and a wellness toolset. Members of the ministry have access to affordable care while not being forced to choose an insurance plan on the private insurance market or the federal or state health care exchanges that may be inconsistent with their faith and/or may provide coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients or abortion.
More than anything, CMF CURO is creating a nationwide community of Catholics who are coming together to witness to the New Evangelization by directly sharing each other’s burdens and bearing each other’s needs. The ministry empowers Catholics to live like the earliest Christians by accompanying each other on the journey of being good stewards of the gift of life from Our Lord. In providing a health care option that allows Catholic families across the country to send a monthly “share” payment to another family in need along with a prayer letter, CMF CURO empowers families to engage in active charity, active solidarity and authentic Catholic community.
As many within the Archdiocese of Anchorage are now making health care decisions for themselves and their families, we hope you will consider joining this new exciting Catholic ministry.
— Louis Brown, Director, CMF CURO, Troy, Michigan