Veritas Institute

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stainedGlass-dePaulSectionThe Veritas Institute is proud to have sponsored these conferences:

Is For-Profit Catholic Health Care a Viable Alternative for Ministry?

March 26-27, 2012
Hosted by The Center for Religiously Affiliated Nonprofit Corporations and the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey

The Veritas Institute is co-sponsoring the symposium with the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute of Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy of the University of St. Thomas.

The purpose of the symposium is to engage scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines to develop an objective framework for analyzing the following questions:

  • Is the delivery of health care as a ministry compatible with providing that care through an investor-owned company publicly identified as Catholic?
  • If not, why not?
  • If yes, are there any management, governance or other structures or processes that may need to be developed to accommodate Catholic health care as a ministry?

The symposium will not take a position on whether such conversions, in any of its forms, should or should not occur. The symposium will provide the audience participants with the range of issues that may impact their specific decision.

Visit the symposium website for more information.
View photos from the event.

The Catholic Identity of Catholic Healthcare Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities within Germany and the United States

October 28-30, 2010
Katholische Akademie Schwerte
Schwerte, Germany

The seminar in Schwerte, Germany, brought together Catholic health care executives, clinicians and scholars from Germany and the United States to explore pressing questions concerning the institutionalization of Catholic identity within Catholic hospitals and health systems. Seminar participants examined a number of practical approaches that Catholic health care organizations in these two countries are employing today to strengthen their identity as a ministries of the church. Scholarly contributions helped to deepen the conversation and to illumine connections between this work and foundational theological and philosophical insights. While some of the issues faced by Catholic health care organizations are unique to their home country, the seminar also highlighted challenges that are common to Germany and the United States. These challenges represent opportunities for collaboration in the development of practical responses that are deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition.

Papers Presented
Sponsoring Institutions:
John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought
Katholische Akademie Schwerte, Schwerte, Germany
Veritas Institute, formerly known as the SAIP Institute, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, USA
Sozialinstitut Kommende Dortmund