Applying Catholic Social Teaching to Medicine
Recognizing the inequities in the provision of healthcare, the leadership of the Catholic Medical Association created the Committee on Catholic Social Teaching and Justice in Medicine to address them.
Catholics must be part of a positive counter cultural movement by putting into action the principles of Catholic social teaching.
Five years ago, Catholics for Choice launched a public relations campaign called “Abortion in Good Faith.” In it, the group claims that “public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value.” Today a Catholic president has reinstated federal funding for abortion and rescinded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. funding of abortion internationally. It leads us to a critical question: What is Catholic social teaching and is it opposed to abortion and the public funding of abortion?
The last decade has witnessed an increasing momentum behind eliminating protections, exceptions and accommodations for objecting to medical standards in the name of conscience. Who are the leading opponents of conscience protections, and what would happen to medicine if they had their way? Those were the questions answered at the latest meeting of the CMA’s Virtual Journal Club.
Healthcare providers in emergency rooms, clinics, and private practice have the rare opportunity to identify and rescue sex trafficked women and children — an opportunity often missed because of a lack of awareness and training.
The Institute moved to take on a COVID-19 vaccine project; clearly a long-term solution was needed. The JP2MRI researchers identify this long-term solution as a vaccine developed in a moral and ethical way using traditional recombinant protein or killed/attenuated live virus methods.
This new year brings new challenges and new opportunities to advocate for change that unites; to educate our members and the public on a Catholic response to healthcare issues; and to serve our neighbors in need.
We do not have to travel to faraway places to encounter Jesus in others, because He is present in our family members, neighbors, coworkers, and patients. Because of the pandemic, additional challenges have arisen concerning our neighbors, especially the elderly and sick.
The Catholic Medical Association has lost a committed member and guild president. Dr. Rodney Johnson served the CMA as an active member and as president of the Washington State Guild in Seattle. After a 40-day hospitalization, he passed away on January 13 following complications from COVID-19.
CMA’s Tampa Bay Guild of St. Philomena ended 2020 with its annual White Mass October 24, in the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida. It began 2021 with the 5th Annual Florida Catholic Medical Association Retreat and Bioethics & Legislative Conference Feb. 19–21. Many more exciting initiatives are underway.
During a time of stress and isolation for many, the ongoing pandemic is prompting guilds to think outside the box in order to build community and support each other. To that end, the Catholic Medical Association Guilds of Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland and Toledo gathered virtually for an evening of prayer.
Attending medical school as a faithful Catholic in the contemporary era has become increasingly difficult. Catholic medical students encounter challenging moral situations across all medical specialties throughout their education, whether in the lecture hall and small group discussions in the preclinical years or on the wards during clinical rotations.