Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – April 27, 2010 – The fifth edition of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services was developed by the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and approved as the national code by the full body of the USCCB. 

This edition of the directives which replaces all previous editions, has been recommended for implementation by the diocesan bishop.  In light of this recommendation, Bishop Murphy has established the fifth edition of the Catholic Bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services as particular law in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The provisions of the Directives shall become effective and binding within the Diocese of Rockville Centre on April 29, 2010. 

This revised edition reaffirms the ethical standards of behavior in health care from the Church’s teaching about the dignity of the human person, and it provides guidance and direction on moral issues that Catholic health care providers face today.

The text of the Directives can be found at http://www.usccb.org/meetings/2009Fall/docs/ERDs_5th_ed_091118_FINAL.pdf


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).


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