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Catholic Medical Association (CMA) Calls for Authentic Catholic Healthcare

CMA Calls on Catholic Hospitals to provide authentic Catholic healthcare

Authentic Catholic Healthcare is More Important than Ever

On June 30th, 2023, the Catholic Medical Association distributed a press release calling for authentic Catholic healthcare. This comes in the wake of the exclusive news story reported by the Daily Wire. The story revealed that several hospitals within America’s largest Catholic nonprofit health system are performing sex change operations. They are providing hormone suppression and puberty blocking drugs to patients. They even have medical staff participating in “pronoun training” under guidelines set by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes to medical attempts to modify peoples’ sex. In accordance with that, the Bishops released a statement earlier this year and stated, “Catholic health care services must not perform interventions, whether surgical or chemical, that aim to transform the sexual characteristics of a human body into those of the opposite sex or take part in the development of such procedures.”

CMA Statement

Philadelphia, Pa. – June 30, 2023 – The Catholic Medical Association (CMA), the largest association of Catholic medical professionals, calls for all Catholic hospitals and health systems to provide authentic health care in accordance with Church teaching. At a time of rapid advancement in technology and moral relativism influencing clinical practices, it is essential for Catholic health care institutions to faithfully follow Christ’s teachings so as to not cause confusion or do harm.

Recent troubling news reports claim that several hospitals and medical centers under the auspices of the largest Catholic health system in the U.S. are providing referrals for hormone interventions and puberty-blocking drugs to children, as well as conducting abortions, dispensing contraception, and performing sterilizations.

When Catholic health care institutions do not remain consistent with the Church’s social doctrine, scandal and confusion abound.

“Catholic health care is a ministry rooted in a commitment to promote and defend human dignity. When we fail to respect the sacredness of every human life from the moment of conception until natural death, we fail in our purpose and mission that has been our legacy,” said CMA President Dr. Craig L. Treptow.

Catholic health care makes up the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation. Therefore, Catholic medical professionals have a responsibility to be a leading voice in the national discussion currently taking place around policies and actions that are contrary to the dignity and vocation of the human person.

“It is a legacy we must work hard to preserve despite the attacks and pressure to conform to unproven and unethical clinical practices in vogue today,” said Dr. Greg F. Burke, co-chair of the CMA Ethics Committee.

CMA is committed to helping medical professionals understand this special vocation in carrying forth Christ’s healing ministry. One way is through the high-quality annual conferences that have been inspiring and supporting such professionals for nearly a century. This year’s conference, “Be Not Afraid: Courageous Catholic Medicine,” will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here for more information.

Read the original statement from the Catholic Medical Association.

CMA Mission

The Catholic Medical Association is a national, physician-led community of 2,600 health care professionals consisting of 119 local guilds. CMA’s mission is to inform, organize, and inspire its members, in steadfast fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church. To uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. Learn more about their work at