Dear CMA Members and Friends,

There can be no doubt — these times are like no other our generation has known.

Since the last installment of The Pulse of Catholic Medicine, our world has suffered a pandemic, with the United States suffering the most loss of life. Our country faces the challenges of riots, looting, and civil unrest after the senseless and inhumane killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. These events touch all of us in some way.

In the midst of this, it may be hard to see God’s hand at work in the world. Yet these unprecedented events have been an opportunity seized by many CMA members to put their faith into action.

The “Doctor, Doctor Podcast” recorded expanded episodes to provide medically sound information on the novel coronavirus for members and the laity. “MyCatholicDoctor” provided assistance and training for telehealth resources. CMA joined 30,000 other physicians calling for the ethical development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Multiple appearances by members on major media raised concerns about the impact of mitigation efforts on mental health, cancer patients, and children. Finally, our organization played a crucial role in advising our bishops to return to public worship, safely.

What has amazed me the most is the response of our members on the frontlines. They have brought the beauty of our faith to those in most need. You will learn some of their names and story in this issue of The Pulse. Faith called them to go into the turmoil to be with the suffering. For some patients dying alone in the hospital, the last face they saw or hand they held was that of one of our members. I believe at that moment they saw the face of Jesus Christ.

God is at work in this world. His instruments are the faithful who seek and carry out His Will.

Sincerely in Christ,

Michael S. Parker, M.D.
President


Statement from the Catholic Medical Association

The CMA Condemns the Senseless Death of George Floyd, Calls for Meaningful Change

 

Dear CMA Members and Friends,

The Catholic Medical Association joins the world in strongly condemning the senseless and inhumane death of George Floyd due to the actions of a Minneapolis police officer. We stand in support of the peaceful protests which highlight longstanding socioeconomic and racial disparities in our culture. The events which have unfolded should cause us to pause and reflect on any biases and prejudices we may hold.

Lost in our society is respect for the dignity of the human person made in the image and likeness of God. This inherent dignity is the “foundation of a moral vision for society (and) our social teaching”(USCCB). Guided by this principle, we stand in solidarity to call for action, which promotes the right to life at all stages, the family, equal opportunity for participation in governance and the workforce, and protection for the poor and most vulnerable. To accomplish this, we promote dialogue between the Church, civic organizations, local, and state governments closest to the community’s needs and resources to identify and implement meaningful change.

The Catholic Medical Association is obligated by our professional oath to provide leadership in the discussion on socioeconomic and racial disparities in health care. The Board has adopted “12 Health Care Principles for Catholics” to consider in the evaluation of reform initiatives and in the promotion of just and equitable health care. We look to collaborate with other faith-based organizations to achieve these goals.

The tragedy of George Floyd’s death, which highlights society’s racial and socioeconomic inequities, must lead to meaningful change in society. As faithful Catholics in health care, we must advocate for policies and programs which uphold the principles of Catholic social teaching. Please join me in praying for a peaceful and meaningful change that benefits all of humanity.

Sincerely in Christ,

Michael S. Parker, M.D.
President