SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The bishop of a South Dakota diocese criticized a Catholic health-care provider’s decision to comply with the federal contraception mandate without seeking diocesan counsel or authorization.
Jerry Klein, delegate for social outreach for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, told CNA that “there is a continued dialogue between the diocese and Avera” Catholic health-care systems, but that a response from the health-care provider is “not anticipated.”
Avera, a regional health network in South Dakota operated by the Benedictine and Presentation sisters, runs more than 100 hospitals, clinics and nursing homes throughout the area.
On March 1, Bishop Paul Swain of Sioux Falls...READ MORE