“We, doctors, always have to present Hope”

Waiting lists, financial speculation, depression, pressure to promote euthanasia, surrogate motherhood … The challenges facing doctors today are numerous and, for some, unusual. Aleteia talked with Dr. Bernard Ars, new president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, about living his profession today. As the head of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations […]

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“FIDES ET RATIO” – 20 years – Premonitory Encyclical

On September 14th, the Church celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the encyclical “Fides and Ratio” of Saint John Paul II. St. John Paul II invites all men, mainly women and men of thought, to the audacious and rigorous exercise of the constitutive reason of their being, beyond their differences; in order to […]

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Reflections on the human being in the face of techno-science domination

1. Societal facts and definitions Society is changing. It is not a time of change, these are actually changing times. Techno-sciences are pervading all fields, including medicine, and are particularly affecting three main medical approaches: chemical and digital interventions on brain functions, genome modifications, as well as the use of robots. If techno-scientific progress is […]

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Further undermining the respect for life?

The news about abortion and euthanasia in Belgium. The Belgian Medical Association Sint-Luke regrets the tendencies in our society that seem to further undermine respect for human life. She points to the social discussions about the depenalisation of abortion and the threatening violation of the right of care institutions to exclude euthanasia within their walls. […]

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Prof. Dr. Bernard Ars New President of the FIAMC

During the General Assembly of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, held in Zagreb on 1st June, during the 25th FIAMC Congress, Prof. Dr. Bernard Ars, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed President. Dr. Bernard Ars of Brussels succeeds Dr. John Lee of Singapore. He has presented the main objectives for his four-year mandate: to […]

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Euthanasia in case of non-terminal psychic suffering

The Belgian Medical Society Sint Luke expresses it’s great concern about the  decision of the Belgian ‘group’ of the Brothers of Charity to provide euthanasia in case of suffering in non-terminal situations.  It is of opinion that the justification of this decision is insufficient both from a personalistic as well as a christian perspective. Euthanasia the […]

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FIAMC: Presidential Easter Message

The president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (Fédération Internationale des Associations Médicales Catholiques, FIAMC) had this Easter Message for all catholic physicians throughout the World (so also in Belgium!). Jesus died on the cross to save the world. The resurrection of Christ on Easter day celebrates God’s victory over sin and death. […]

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