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Pope: Abortion, euthanasia and test tube children are false compassion, life is always sacred
Addressing the Catholic Doctors Association, Francis describes healthcare as "a real lay apostolate." "The Gospel - the Pope said - goes beyond the Hippocratic Oath: love life at all times, especially when it requires special care and attention. Fidelity to the Gospel of life and respect for it as a gift from God sometimes requires brave choices".
Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- The dominant thinking
sometimes suggests a "false compassion", that which retains that it
is: helpful to women to promote abortion; an act of dignity to obtain
euthanasia; a scientific breakthrough to "produce" a child and to
consider it to be a right rather than a gift to welcome". This was Pope Francis' message to the
Italian Catholic Doctors Association, marking their 70th anniversary.
In his speech, the Pope told the doctors present "the Hippocratic Oath commits you to
always be servants of life, the Gospel pushes you further: to love it no matter
what, especially when it is in need of special care and attention ".
There is no doubt,
says Francis, "that, in our time, due to scientific
and technical advancements, the possibilities for physical healing have
significantly increased; and yet, in some respects it seems the ability to
"take care" of the person has decreased, especially when he is sick,
frail and helpless. In fact, the achievements of science and of medicine can
contribute to the improvement of human life to the extent that they are not
distanced from the ethical root of these disciplines. For this reason, you
Catholic doctors are committed to live your profession as a human and spiritual
mission, as a real lay apostolate".
An apostolate in which healthcare professionals should feel the
closeness and the deep involvement of the Church. "Attention
to human life, especially that in greatest difficulty, that is, to the sick,
the elderly, children, deeply involves the mission of the Church." The Church itself,
says Francis, "also feels called to participate in the debate that relates to
human life, presenting its proposal
based on the Gospel".
A much needed proposal given that
"in many places, the quality of life
is related primarily to economic means, to "well-being", to the
beauty and enjoyment of the physical, forgetting other more profound dimensions
of existence - interpersonal, spiritual and religious".
In fact, the Pope says, "in the light of faith and right
reason, human life is always sacred and always "of quality". There is
no human life that is more sacred than another, as there is no human life
qualitatively more significant than another, only by virtue of resources,
rights, great social and economic opportunities". This is why for Catholic doctors if the Hippocratic Oath commits you
to always be servants of life, the Gospel pushes you further: to love it no
matter what, especially when it is in need of special care and attention".
The dominant thought, warns Francis, "sometimes suggests a "false
compassion", that which retains that it is: helpful to women to promote
abortion; an act of dignity to obtain euthanasia; a scientific breakthrough to
"produce" a child and to consider it to be a right rather than a gift
to welcome; or to use human lives as guinea pigs presumably to save others.
Instead, the compassion of the Gospel is that which accompanies in times of
need, that is, the compassion of the Good Samaritan, who "sees",
"has compassion", approaches and provides concrete help".
Your mission as doctors, he
concludes, "puts you in daily contact with many forms of
suffering. I encourage you to take them on as "Good Samaritans",
caring in a special way for the elderly, the infirm and the disabled. Fidelity
to the Gospel of life and respect for life as a gift from God sometimes require
choices that are courageous and go against the current, which in particular
circumstances, may become points of conscientious objection".
Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism
Francis receives participants in the meeting sponsored by the Science and Life Association in audience: "I see your association as hands reaching out to other hands to sustain life." A just society "recognizes the primary right to life from conception to its natural end," but "must also go further and reflect on the use we make of it."
Pope: doctors must always defend patient's dignity, even if he is incurable
Benedict XVI highlights the centrality of the mutual trust between patient and doctor, which makes any attempt at interference "suspect." The protection of patient self-determination, the risks of individualism, and the responsibility of "proposing treatment aimed at the true good of the sick person."
Pope: Life is not a disposable good
On the World Day of the Sick, Benedict XVI urges surrounding those in pain with concern and patience. Even suffering is mysteriously "embraced" by the divine plan of salvation.
Catholic pharmacists should not play any role in abortion and euthanasia
As an intermediary between doctors and patients, pharmacists should reflect upon the ethical consequences of the use of some drugs. Experimentation should not be conducted by using humans as “objects” or be based upon the pursuit of scientific progress alone; instead it should be concerned about the good of humanity.
Pope: concrete help should be given to the families of the incurably and terminally ill
Benedict XVI asks that, as is already done when a child is born, support should also be provided by the workplace. The 'no' to euthanasia and the principle of proportionality between medical interventions and the saving of life. Ordinary means are obligatory for the doctor and patient, while extraordinary means are optional.
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