The Sisters of St. Joseph of Tipton, Ind., founded St. Charles 92 years ago. In the 1970s, the hospital became a community nonprofit organization with the sisters remaining as sponsors.
In 1992, when the sisters decided they could no longer sponsor St. Charles because of the smaller number of sisters, an “association of the Christian faithful” took up the duty of making sure the hospital’s Catholic identity was preserved. At the same time, control of policy and operations went to a board of directors.
Bishop Vasa said the association’s structure did not give it sufficient authority to control the tenets of Catholic identity as expressed in the U.S. bishops’ “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.” In 2007, the bishop asked St. Charles officials for an audit of compliance with the directives. He identified problems and began talks, which hit an impasse.
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