Position Papers

POLST Paradigm and Form

June 25, 2013

This white paper, prepared by a working group of the Catholic Medical Association, provides a commentary on a new type of end-of-life document called a POLST form (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) as well as on its model (or “paradigm”) for implementation across the United States.

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Resolutions of the CMA General Assembly 2012

October 01, 2012

On September 28, 2012, the General Assembly of the Catholic Medical Association approved two important resolutions: one on the importance of traditional marriage for the well being of children and the second on opposing the HHS mandate.

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Homosexuality and Hope

December 15, 2010

CMA's pamphlet Homosexuality & Hope: Questions and Answers About Same-Sex Attraction provides clear, sensitive, and updated advice to persons and families who are dealing with same-sex attraction.

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Clarifying Church Teaching on End of Life Treatment and Care

September 01, 2009

In the February 13, 2009, issue of Commonweal, seven directors of bioethics programs at Jesuit universities (the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs) discussed their understanding of recent magisterial teaching regarding artificial nutrition and hydration (typically called ANH). The Catholic Medical Association responded to some questionable points in this article in a statement which was published in The Linacre Quarterly. Full texts of both the Consortium's article and the CMA statement are available after the break.

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2008 Health Care Task Force Executive Summary

July 15, 2009

In November 2008, CMA published an Executive Summary of its Health Care Task Force's statement, Heath Care in America: A Catholic Proposal for Renewal.

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Resolving Conflicts about Treatments Deemed Futile

July 15, 2009

From time to time the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) is asked to intervene in cases in which a physician or health-care facility has made and is enforcing a judgment of medical futility, consistent with an internal policy and/or state law, over the objections of a patient and/or family member(s). While CMA cannot intervene in particular cases due to their complexity and due to lack of any authority, it can, however, offer guidelines to assist people in working through such issues in a timely, ethical, and charitable manner. Click here to read CMA's position paper on this issue.

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2004 Statement on Health Care Reform

July 15, 2009

In September 2004, the Catholic Medical Association Health Care Task Force published the Statement, Heath Care in America: A Catholic Proposal for Renewal. Drafted by a multi-disciplinary panel composed of physicians and other health care providers, scholars, businessmen and clergy, Health Care in America provides a systematic overview of the challenges to health care delivery and financing in the United States and solutions that are based on the perennial moral and social teachings of the Church.  

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Position Paper on HPV Immunization

January 18, 2007

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) released a position paper on implementation of the new vaccine for HPV, Gardasil®, on January 18, 2007. The CMA recognizes that Gardasil® is safe, effective, and its use can be ethically acceptable yet, at the same time, rejects efforts at the federal level, and in some states, to mandate that girls be vaccinated against HPV.

The position paper can be read by clicking here.

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2010 Annual Educational Conference