Happy Friday to all of you.
I am here in Saint Louis for the last day of this Health Care leadership conference. I have been working with this Catholic health care system for over fifteen years. Their commitment to quality and leadership is an annual source of inspiration from me. I take what I learn back to the employees at WLP and try to inspire leadership in every one of our employees.
One thing has struck me this week, which I haven't thought about very much. I have heard from more than one person here that any group associated with the Catholic Church these days struggles because of issues facing the Church today. The worldwide attention drawn to the clergy sex abuse scandal and the inability of some bishops and Church leaders to deal effectively with the crisis affects Catholic health care systems as well. There is a sense that "we are all in this together." I guess that's what we mean when we use the term "Catholic identity." While the quality of health care may be the best, there are those who are suspect of any organization that calls itself "Catholic." This is sad. We have a long way to go to recover from the stain that this crisis has marked on our Church. I know there are those out there who think that I spend way too much time mentioning the crisis, but it is real, and this week, with these wonderful people dedicated to Catholic health care, I have seen again how deep is this wound.
I am looking forward to returning home later today.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.