This Week’s “Dispersing the Smoke of Satan”: Catholic priest/chaplain allegedly fired for reporting use of abortion drugs at Catholic hospital.


In 1972, Pope Paul VI observed,
“From some fissure,
the smoke of Satan
has entered the Temple of God.”

The purpose of this weekly column is to help wake
the bulk of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics
from their self-imposed slumber
and powerfully remind them of who they are,
and what they are called by God, to be.

This week’s story:

It is alleged that in April 2011, as a result of his earlier report to auditors for the Diocese of Peoria that abortion drugs were being used and prescribed by Provena Hospital, a Catholic hospital organization, Fr. John Ugobueze was subsequently fired from his position as Director of Pastoral Care at Provena Hospital and President of Pastoral Care for the Provena Health Care System (both in Danville, IL).

The facts of the matter, according to two emails in our possession:

Recently, a Catholic pharmacist at the hospital brought his concerns about the use of abortion causing drugs (methotrexate and cytotec) at the hospital, to the Catholic priest who is the Director of Pastoral Care at the hospital and who is also the one responsible to the Catholic Diocese of Peoria for ensuring that Catholic “Ethical and Religious Directives” are followed.

Fr. John Ugobueze, brought this information to the Monsignor in the Diocese that he reports to during an annual audit from the Diocesan Offices.

Following that, Fr. John was terminated by the hospital, under the guise of “HIPPA violation” because of the fact that the pharmacist used the computer in Father John’s office to show him the basis of his conscience concerns and printed this information on the attached computer.

After their discussion the patient records were then shredded. No patient confidentiality was violated at any time. But of course, it was never about HIPPA at all. That was just the reason given. What it really was is a case of clear religious persecution as the anti-catholic, ‘pro-Obama healthcare’ hospital administration was at risk of being “found out” and they could not risk that. So they terminate both the Catholic pharmacist and the priest who is the Director of Pastoral Care, under the disguise of “HIPPA violation”.

This is sort of like like saying that if a friend asks to borrow your car and then is accused of using it to rob a bank, that you should be arrested too, because he used your car.

The case was appealed by the priest to the Hospital Corporate Offices for the whole Provena system, and another non-catholic who heard the appeal and understood very little of what a priest does, denied the appeal and upheld the termination.

This is wrong and can not be swept under the rug. Both of these people were acting in accordance with their responsibilities to uphold the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Church.

*****

Fr. John Ugobueze, Director of Pastoral Care of Provena Hospital and President of the Pastoral Care of Provena Health Care System, has been terminated from his positions because of reporting the use of abortion drugs by the hospital to the auditors of the Diocese of Peoria.

The bishop of Peoria, Most Rev Jenky, does not want to involve the diocese in this matter nor does he want the diocese to be involved in a lawsuit if Fr. John goes this direction. Instead, has offered Fr. John a position at a hospital in the city of Peoria.

Why will the bishop not fight for Fr. John, who he himself placed in the hospital to make sure Catholic Moral Ethics are followed. Why won’t he defend him?  More than once have I seen bishops hide in corners when corruption is discovered.  I pray that this is not the case with Bishop Jenky, whom I have admired.

I have been fighting abortion issues for 22 years, especially with threats of abortion entering our military facilities.  I know you are a fighter against abortion and I walk with you.  But who is willing to help and defend Fr. John when his own bishop appears he will not? (The bishop is willing to give Fr. John a position at another hospital. This time in Peoria … not Danville.)

Fr. John has done nothing wrong.  In fact, he did everything correctly by gathering the evidence and reporting it to the diocese of Peoria, without breaking or violating HIPPA.

The CEO of the Provena Hospital is a Protestant, as are most of the administrative personnel. The sisters are few in number and have hired these Protestant administrators at Provena Hospital to operate and bring in the money.

The sisters have become clueless what is happening to their hospital.  They are old and do not involve themselves with the hospital itself anymore. At one time, the hospital administration was trying to remove the Blessed Sacrament/ Tabernacle out of the Catholic Chapel because it was not ecumenical.  What a joke! But I guess the joke is on the Catholics. And the bishop is not helping matters.

Fr. John is a fine priest.  He is also a friend.  I stand by my friends and especially priests who are being persecuted for the true faith.

Please consider helping Fr. John and his cause.  I myself am trying to do all I can to help him.

*****

Action needed:

Do you know any of the people involved in this case?

Do you have any first-hand knowledge of these events?

Do you know of any similar incidents?

Do you have any personal contacts at Provena Health Care System or at the Diocese of Peoria?

Are you an attorney (or do you know an attorney) who might be willing to help?

Do you have any practical ideas on how to help resolve this case?

*****

If we begin to step up in faith, God will certainly lead us forward. If not, this mess in which we we presently find ourselves will likely continue to worsen … and we will all deservedly
suffer the consequences!

This is a time for heroes, for straight talk, for prayer, and for inspired, creative thinking. This is a time for good people
of action (and substantial intestinal fortitude) to step up,
realize their true vocation, and become saints.

Any ideas or suggestions? Anything that’s working well
in your parish? How about things that are NOT working,
but should be? Let us know about it!

Click here to send in
your detailed comments and suggestions.
We’ll post them every Tuesday
in our new weekly column

“Dispersing the Smoke of Satan”

Your comments and suggestions are very welcome.

Thank you!

Leave a comment

No comments yet.

Comments RSS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s