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Monday, September 23, 2013

Pope Francis' message to Catholic Doctors and Gynecologists

Pope Francis delivered this message a few days ago. The link below is the direct source with translation from google since it is in Italian.

Source: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/speeches/2013/september/documents/papa-francesco_20130920_associazioni-medici-cattolici_it.html

Translation: http://translate.google.com/

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ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL FRANCISTO THE PARTICIPANTS IN ORGANIZED BYINTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ASSOCIATIONS OF CATHOLIC DOCTORS
Clementine HallFriday, September 20, 2013


I apologize for the delay, because today ... this is a morning too complicated for audiences ... I apologize .

1 . The first point that I would like to share with you is this: we are witnessing today a paradoxical situation , dealing with the medical profession. On the one hand we see - and thank God - the progress of medicine, thanks to the work of scientists who, with passion and with no savings , are dedicated to finding new cures . On the other hand , however , we find also the danger that the doctor might lose its identity as a servant of life . The cultural disorientation has also affected what looked like an unassailable area : your , medicine ! Although by their nature at the service of life, the health professions are sometimes induced to disregard life itself. Instead , as we remember the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, " openness to life is at the center of true development ." There is no true development without this openness to life. " If you lose the personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of a new life , then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away . The acceptance of life strengthens moral fiber and makes people capable of mutual help "(n. 28 ) . The paradoxical situation is seen in the fact that while you give the person new rights , sometimes even alleged rights , does not always protect the life as a primary value and basic right of every man. The final objective of doctor is always the defense and promotion of life.

2. The second point : in this context, be heard, the Church appeals to the conscience , the conscience of all health care professionals and volunteers , in a particular way you Gynecologists , called to collaborate in the creation of new human lives. Yours is a unique vocation and mission, which requires study , conscience and humanity. At one time, the women who helped in childbirth called " comadre " is like a mother to the other , with the real mother . You too are " comadri " and " compadri " , too.

A widespread mentality of profits, the "culture of waste " , which now enslaves the hearts and minds of many, has a very high cost : it requires to eliminate human beings, especially if they are physically or socially weaker . Our response to this mentality is a "yes" and decided without hesitation to life. "The first right of the human person is his life . He has other goods and some of them are more precious , but is the fundamental good condition for all others "(Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion , November 18, 1974 , 11) . Things have a price and are sold , but people have a dignity , worth more than things and do not have money. Many times , we find ourselves in situations where we see what it costs less is life. For this attention to human life in its totality has become in recent years a real priority of the Magisterium of the Church, particularly to the most defenseless , that is, the disabled , the sick , the unborn child , the child , the elderly , which is the most defenseless life .

In the human fragile each of us is invited to recognize the face of the Lord , who in his human flesh has experienced the indifference and loneliness that often condemn the poorest, both in countries in the developing world, both in affluent societies . Every child is not born , but unjustly condemned to be aborted , has the face of Jesus Christ, the Lord's face , that before he was born , and then newborn has experienced rejection in the world. And every senior , and - I talked about the child: let's go to the elderly, another point! And every elderly , sick, or even if at the end of his days, carries the face of Christ. You can not discard , as we proposed the "culture of waste " ! You can not discard !

3 . The third aspect is a mandate : be witnesses and speakers of this " culture of life" . Your being Catholic entails greater responsibility : first of all to yourself , for the effort to be consistent with the Christian vocation, and then to contemporary culture , to help recognize the transcendent dimension in human life , the imprint of the creative work of God, from the very first moment of her conception . This is a commitment to the new evangelization that often requires going against the current, paying in person . The Lord counts on you to spread the "Gospel of life."
In this perspective the gynecology hospital departments are privileged places of witness and evangelization , because wherever the Church is " the vehicle of the presence of God" living at the same time becomes an "instrument of the true humanization of man and the world" (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, doctrinal Note on some Aspects of Evangelization , 9) . Growing awareness that the focus of medical care is the human person in a position of weakness , the health facility becomes ' the place where the care relationship is not job - your job is not caring relationship - but mission , where the charity of the Good Samaritan is the first chair and the face of the sufferer , the Face of Christ "(Benedict XVI, Address at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome , May 3, 2012).

Dear Friends doctors, who are called to take care of human life in its initial phase , remind everyone , with facts and words , this is always, in all its phases and at any age, sacred and is always quality . And not for a discussion of faith - no, no - but with reason , for a discourse of science! There is no human life more sacred than another, as there is a human life qualitatively more significant than another. The credibility of a health care system is measured not only for efficiency, but also for the attention and love towards people , whose life is always sacred and inviolable .

Do not ever neglect to pray to the Lord and the Virgin Mary for having the strength to do your job well and bear witness with courage - courage! Today it takes courage - courage witness with the "Gospel of life" ! Thanks a lot.

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