Catholic Social Policy and U.S. Health Care Reform: A Relationship Revisited

Abstract

The Roman Catholic Church is the single largest denomination in the United States and the one with the most extensive provider stake in health (and related social service) care. As a follow-up to an earlier analysis of the Catholic role in the thwarted health care reform effort of 1993–94, this article looks at the revival of interest in reform and at the rationale behind and strategy of the Catholic Church’s current agenda-setting initiative. The emphasis in this article is on the delicate relationship between organized religion and social policy in a society with an officially secular culture.