Catholic Medical Professionals Urged to Evangelize Culture with Courage | Mary Jo Anderson | CWR
The Catholic Medical Association’s annual conference offered encouragement and fellowship for medical professionals in an often-hostile field.
More than 600 Catholic medical professionals, priests, and bishops gathered in Orlando, Florida for the Catholic Medical Association’s 83rd educational conference, September 25-27. This year’s theme, “Courage in Medicine: Defending and Proclaiming the Faith in the New Evangelization,” asked doctors to “examine the grave threats posed by radical and progressive secularization of our society and its impact on the practice of medicine.”
Speakers chosen from medicine, law, journalism, and theology were invited to “highlight the ways in which healthcare professionals are on the front lines of a battle between good and evil—a battle that has raged throughout all of salvation history and that is still waged daily in the choices made by Catholic physicians.” Doctors, nurses, and counselors see first-hand the dehumanizing ravages of modern medical ethics where even euthanasia and “gender reassignment” surgery are approved medical services.
Peter Morrow, MD, president-elect of CMA and chair of the conference, reminded members that Catholic professionals “bear public moral witness to the critical medical issues of our time.” Members, drawn from 86 regional guilds, accepted the challenge as an urgent call to evangelization within their disciplines.
Cardinal Raymond Burke opened the conference with a spirited call to faith under fire, titled “Physicians as Standard Bearers in the New Evangelization.” The cardinal urged medical professionals to live their convictions, a “noble mission,” in the front-line battle against the redefinition of marriage, eugenics, gender theory, euthanasia, and research that destroys human embryos.