For readers in the Boston archdiocese, the new weblog Boston Catholic Insider is certain to be of interest: it’s got a skeptical perspective on the diocesan bureaucracy’s inner circle and its public and private maneuverings.
At the moment, the top issue of various questionable dealings is the proposed sale of the Catholic hospital system Caritas Christi to a for-profit company. The institutions’ Catholic identity and medical ethics would have slim protection in the transaction: after a waiting period, the buyer could turn around and absolve himself of any Catholic obligations by merely paying an extra fee (estimated at 3% of the capital amount), at any time of the buyer’s choosing.