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Chaplain at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton resigns over ban on word 'God'

 
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Chaplain at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton resigns over ban on word 'God'
A chaplain at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton has resigned, she says, over a ban on use of the words "God" or "Lord" in public settings.

Chaplains still speak freely of the Almighty in private sessions with patients or families but, the Rev. Mirta Signorelli said: "I can't do chaplain's work if I can't say 'God' — if I'm scripted."

Hospice CEO Paula Alderson said the ban on religious references applies only to the inspirational messages that chaplains deliver in staff meetings. The hospice remains fully comfortable with ministers, priests and rabbis offering religious counsel to the dying and grieving.

"I was sensitive to the fact that we don't impose religion on our staff, and that it is not appropriate in the context of a staff meeting to use certain phrases or 'God' or 'Holy Father,' because some of our staff don't believe at all," Alderson said.

Signorelli, of Royal Palm Beach, said the hospice policy has a chilling effect that goes beyond the monthly staff meetings. She would have to watch her language, she said, when leading a prayer in the hospice chapel, when meeting patients in the public setting of a nursing home and in weekly patient conferences with doctors, nurses and social workers.

"If you take God away from me," she said, "it's like taking a medical tool away from a nurse."

[link to www.sun-sentinel.com]
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Re: Chaplain at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton resigns over ban on word 'God'
Not sure why they have to ban "God" and "Lord", especially when it is coming from one of the "cloth" so to speak. This is a bit ridiculous.
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Down the slippery slope to the New World Order. huffy
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You are not getting the whole story. I know how easy it is to get annoyed but the sounds of this but you are not getting the whole story. She is a chaplain and is hired there for her spiritual guidance. That is what she is expected to do, all that was asked was (for the respect of those who do not share the same beleifs) was to be aware when adressing the employees of hospice, who are not all beleivers.Some are Christian, Jew, Non- believers and tey were asking to make suer everyone is comfortable. When she is with families and dealing with the sick she is more then expected to be there as spiritual concil. This getting blown up way to much. I work for a company where we dont have a "CHRISTmas party" we have a winter, or year end party. You dont see me running off saying I am persucuted. It is the same request. Please get the whole story.
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03/20/2009 01:29 PM
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Re: Chaplain at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton resigns over ban on word 'God'
Thanks, flordabs, for that. You're right.

I invite you to go to that hospice's website for our statment. www.hospicebytheseafl.org The complete lack of due diligence by the media has spun this story all out of control. The statement that there is a ban is wrong.

Please read the other side of this story.





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