Just so that everyone knows that Pope Francis really is not the liberal that the legacy, dinosaur, lamestream media likes to pretend he is, His Holiness’ address to theÂ 70th Annual Meeting for the Association of Catholic Doctors should help put that notion to rest. Â The pope gave one of his most clear and concise pro-life sermons to date over the weekend and delivers a message that progressives decried specifically for the condemnation of euthanasia. Â Some highlights:
There is no doubt that, in our time, due to scientific and technical advancements, the possibilities for physical healing have significantly increased; and yet, in some respects it seems the ability to “take care” of the person has decreased, especially when he is sick, frail and helpless. In fact, the achievements of science and of medicine can contribute to the improvement of human life to the extent that they are not distanced from the ethical root of these disciplines. For this reason, you Catholic doctors are committed to live your profession as a human and spiritual mission, as a real lay apostolate.
Attention to human life, especially that in greatest difficulty, that is, to the sick, the elderly, children, deeply involves the mission of the Church. …Â In many places, the quality of life is related primarily to economic means, to “well-being”, to the beauty and enjoyment of the physical, forgetting other more profound dimensions of existence â€” interpersonal, spiritual and religious. In fact, in the light of faith and right reason, human life is always sacred and always “of quality”. There is no human life that is more sacred than another – every human life is sacred – just as there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another, only by virtue of resources, rights, great social and economic opportunities.
…if the Hippocratic Oath commits you to always be servants of life, the Gospel pushes you further: to love it no matter what, especially when it is in need of special care and attention….
The dominant thinking sometimes suggests a “false compassion”, that which believes that it is: helpful to women to promote abortion; an act of dignity to obtain euthanasia; a scientific breakthrough to “produce” a child and to consider it to be a right rather than a gift to welcome; or to use human lives as guinea pigs presumably to save others. Instead, the compassion of the Gospel is that which accompanies in times of need, that is, the compassion of the Good Samaritan, who “sees”, “has compassion”, approaches and provides concrete help (cf. Lk 10:33). Your mission as doctors puts you in daily contact with many forms of suffering. I encourage you to take them on as “Good Samaritans”, caring in a special way for the elderly, the infirm and the disabled. Fidelity to the Gospel of life and respect for life as a gift from God sometimes require choices that are courageous and go against the current, which in particular circumstances, may become points of conscientious objection.Â And this fidelity entails many social consequences. We are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment. Making children rather than accepting them as a gift, as I said. Playing with life. Be careful, because this is a sin against the Creator: against God the Creator, who created things this way.
…in ancient thought and modern thought, the word â€œkillâ€ means the same thing. The same evaluation applies to euthanasia: we all know that with so many old people, in this culture of waste, there is this hidden euthanasia. But there is also the other. And this is to say to God, â€œNo, I will accomplish the end of life, as I will.â€ Â A sin against God the Creator!
The last paragraph is what the liberal media chose to focus on with this homily. Â The pope shreds their “it is for dignified and therefore good” arguments and they choose to call it “controversy” rather than truth.
With all luck, His Holiness Pope Francis has learned that the mainstream media, being of the world and looking to stir up controversy where it can, will take any and all words he utters and attempt to twist them into meaning something very different from his original statements. Â This has happened multiple times to the point that many non-Catholics who do not know or understand Catholic nuance are convinced that the man is a hopeless liberal. Â Nothing could be further from the truth. Â He is simple in his approach to liturgy and faith like many Jesuits (his order), but he was marooned by them at one time for being too orthodox.
When in doubt with this pope, Catholic teaching and what the mainstream media headlines scream, always seek out a Catholic source like Zenit, Whispers in the Loggia, or Catholic News Agency. Â The information is not presented with a liberal filter.