WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTERCATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONUpholding the Principles of the Catholic Faith in the Science and Practice of MedicinePRESIDENT’S MESSAGEJack Lane, M.D.Brothers and Sisters in Christ,It has been a great privilege toserve as the president of the Catholic Medical Association over thispast year of exciting growth inthe organization. After last year’srecord-breaking conference attendance in St. Paul, we saw our second-largest attendance ever thisyear in Santa Barbara. Only lack of hotel rooms prevented us fromhaving more people there.Significant developments over the past year have included thesuccessful launch of our first annual Medical Student Boot Campin June, and substantial progress made in building the CMA’s development program (see below). We continue to strengthen ouralliances with the Church hierarchy, and will soon complete thetask of recruiting an Episcopal Advisory Board to advise us on howto better serve the Church.The CMA has been steadily strengthening its approach to development over the last year. You have seen evidence of this mostrecently in the form of a second, high-quality annual report andin the 2013-14 annual appeal materials you received in mid-November. There are two reasons why the board of the CMA is soinvested in this effort. First, we have come to learn that “development” is much more than fundraising. Rather, developmentmeans engaging an increasing array of members, friends, and donors to support the mission of the CMA. Ultimately, we wantand need more people to appreciate and assist the CMA, knowingthat some, but not all, of this support will come in the form ofdonations. Second, the CMA for years has lived on its membership dues revenue. The board now realizes that, to truly fulfill ourmission for more people inside the CMA (e.g., medical students)and outside the organization, the CMA must generate more resources for the important work we need to do in the near future.The progress we have made this year will put the CMA on moresound financial footing, providing us with the resources to buildmuch needed programs and benefits.One of the highlights of my term in office was a September tripto Rome with presidential advisor (and past-president) ThomasPitre, M.D., and his wife Lynne Pitre, M.D., to consult with Raymond Cardinal Burke on the future direction of our association.I also was humbled by an invitation to deliver the annual ThomasTimothy Smith Lecture at Creighton University School of Medicine during the first week of October and welcomed the opportunity this presented to speak to our Omaha Guild as well. Mywife Fran and I will cherish the memories of the good people wemet from the Omaha Guild, the Paul VI Institute, and the SanctaFamilia Medical Apostolate.I am delighted to hand over the reins of office to our new president, Paul J. Braaton, M.D., who brings incomparable energy tothe office. The challenges that lie before us are daunting, but withfaith and trust in Our Lord Jesus Christ we can accomplish greatthings in His name.Jack Lane, MDAd Majorem Dei Gloriam ,Order Your Audio CDs Today!Visit the CMA Store online to purchase Audio CDsof some or all of the 2013Conference Presentations.Don’t wait, quantities are limited!
WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTERBOARD OF DIRECTORS 2013OFFICERSJohn I. Lane, MD, President, Rochester, MNPaul J. Braaton, MD, President-Elect, Modesto, CAPeter T. Morrow, MD, Vice President, St. Cloud, FLLester A. Ruppersberger, DO, Treasurer, Washington Crossing, PAMarie-Alberte Boursiquot, MD, Secretary, Columbia, MDBOARD MEMBERSMaricela P. Moffitt, MD, MPH, Immediate Past President, Phoenix, AZJan R. Hemstad, MD, Past President, Yakima, WACornelius J.P. Sullivan, MD, Regional Director Rep., Northport, ALTimothy J. Egan, MD, Regional Director Rep., Duluth, MNMost Rev. Robert F. Vasa, JCL, Episcopal Advisor, Santa Rosa, CARev. Matthew J. Gutowski, STL, Chaplain, Springfield, NEKevin Murrell, MD, FIAMC Representative, Augusta, GALouis C. Breschi, MD, Consultant to the President, Towson, MDThomas M. Pitre, MD, Consultant to the President, Portland, OREXECUTIVE DIRECTORJohn F. Brehany, PhD, STL, Bala Cynwyd, PACMA in the News .Discounted LQ Gift Subscriptionsfor Clergy AvailableThe CMA and Maney Publishing are excited to offer adiscounted gift subscription for the 2014 volume of the Linacre forCMA members who sponsor a gift subscription for their pastor,bishop, other clergy member, or for a member of the USCCBDoctrine or Pro-life Activities Committees. The cost is only 50for the entire year—a savings of over 50%. This subscription willinclude 4 print issues plus online access. For more information, goto cathmed.org/issues resources/linacre quarterly/ ,CMA Members in Action:Evangelizing Other PhysiciansCMA Region IX Director Jim Asher, Claire Galin, and otherD.O. members staffed a CMA booth at the 2013 AOA OMEDConvention in Las Vegas, Sept. 30–Oct. 4. This is the secondyear that CMA D.O.’s have raised money and hosted an exhibitbooth at their annual convention. This provides an incredibleopportunity to witness to the Catholic faith and to the benefits ofthe CMA. Other specialists, please take note! ,REGIONAL DIRECTORSREGION IJohn S. Howland, MDREGION IIAnthony S. Oliva, MDAnthony R. Pivarunas, MDREGION IIIGreg F. Burke, MDDavid W. Zelis, MDREGION IVAshley K. Fernandes, MD, PhDMichael S. Parker, MDREGION VMary Diana Dreger, OP, MDCornelius J.P. Sullivan, MDREGION VIKim A. Hardey, MDJose A. Santos, MD2REGION VIITimothy J. Egan, MDDavid J. Hilger, MDMary E. Keen-Kirchoff, MDREGION VIIIPhilip C. Delich, MDCraig L. Treptow, MDREGION IXJames P. Asher, DOMichael V. Rock, MDREGION XBoban A. Joseph, MDMichael J. Ringer, MDMILITARY GUILDWilliam P. Mueller, MDCMA in the MediaExecutive Director John F. Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L. wasinterviewed for an article on POLST which appeared in Philly.com on September 17, was a guest on the Catholic AnswersPro-Life Forum on September 13 , and was a guest on RelevantRadio’s Drew Mariani Show on November 20. Over the lastseveral months, CMA members Paul Braaton, M.D., ThomasMcGovern, M.D., David McKalip, M.D., Timothy Millea,M.D., Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A., and Kathleen Raviele, M.D.,all appeared in Catholic radio and print media. ,
WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTEREXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORTJohn F. Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L.As I catch a breath beforeChristmas and look back overthe last year, it has been an amazingly busy year for myself, thenational office, and for the CMAas a whole. I was able to travel tosix of our guilds (from New YorkCity to South Texas) and to visitthree guilds in the process of formation. I spoke at two universities and three conferences, and appeared in a wide range ofCatholic and secular media outlets; including Ave Maria Radio (The Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, Al KrestaShow) EWTN (Son Rise Morning Show), and Relevant Radio(The Drew Mariani Show), Catholic Answers Live, the National Catholic Register, the Our Sunday Visitor, and LegatusMagazine, Governing Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, NewJersey Spotlight, and the Wall Street Journal. The CMA was wellrepresented at the 2013 March for Life and the March forMarriage. We issued press releases on HHS Mandate “compromises,” the Supreme Court’s terrible decision on samesex marriage, and CMA’s White Paper on POLST. Speakingof POLST, the CMA’s White Paper on POLST was not onlythe most substantive analysis of this dangerous new advancedmedical decision-making document published in 2013, but itwas mailed, as a service to the Church, to every bishop in theUnited States, with a cover letter from Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki. Finally, the CMA attracted over 400 newmembers for the second year in a row, surpassed 80 guilds intotal, conducted a very successful first annual Medical StudentBoot Camp and 82nd annual educational conference, andbeyond this, produced compelling video presentations aboutboth events.RED SKIES AT MORNINGEven though the CMA had a very busy and successful 2013,we know we cannot rest because the storm of the “AffordableCare Act” is starting to break. It is no longer a looming, butan actual, threat to the health of America and the well-beingof the medical profession. Already, it is possible to read multiple news accounts about people losing the insurance theywere promised they could keep, about large increases in healthinsurance premiums and deductibles rather than cost savings,and about the inability of many people to keep the doctorswho have cared for them for years. This is no time to correlatethe warnings the CMA has made in the past with the realitiesof today. We have a great amount of work to do to supportone another, our patients, and the Church in this dangerousnew era of healthcare financing and delivery. And, of course,we won’t spend any time cursing the darkness. Rather, we haveto offer solutions that are consistent with the teachings of theChurch, good medicine, and good economic policy. It is timeto hang, and work, together as never before.POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW EVANGELIZATIONAll of this leads logically enough to a consideration of PopeFrancis and his vision for the new evangelization. Some of thebiggest events of 2013 were the decision of Emeritus PopeBenedict to resign, and the election of the first pope from outside the continent of Europe. Pope Francis has brought the energy of a young Pope John Paul II, and the irenic spirit of PopeJohn XXIII, both of whom he will canonize in April 2014. Ofcourse, the Pope has brought his own personal style characterized by simplicity, mercy, and direct engagement with people.Many have been challenged by the statements or style of PopeFrancis. I myself have been challenged by his call in Evangeliigaudium to reject complacency and to take the Gospel outside the friendly confines of the Church and fellow believers tothose in our hostile, uncomprehending culture who most needit. However, I think Pope Francis has a very important messagefor all of us today upon which we should agree. And that is,we must renew, in a very deep way, our commitment to thenew evangelization. And, we must not merely announce thegood news of Jesus Christ, but we must witness to it, in a waythat our culture can understand, with joy. The English novelistEvelyn Waugh once said in a short essay titled, “Tolerance”,“There are still things which are worth fighting against.” Thesewords are even more true today than in 1952 when Waughwrote them. But Pope Francis is calling us to do more thanto oppose the evils of our day. We must do more than defeatObamacare. Rather, we must be efficacious representatives ofthe Good News. We must change hearts rather than merelywin arguments.These are tremendous challenges. But there is no better, moremomentous time, to be a member of the CMA. We have a distinctive role to play in 2014 and beyond. Let’s get to work! ,3
WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTER2013 Conference a Sunny, Spectacular Success!Santa Barbara Conference an Enchanting and Educational ExperienceApproximately 500 people gathered in sunny Santa Barbara for the outstanding 2013 educational conference. TheCMA conference’s unique combination of faith, formation andfellowship was enhanced this year by the natural beauty of the“American Riviera,” the charm of the Fess Parker hotel, and thepowerful spiritual roots of Santa Barbara.The conference featured eight presentations focused on thehistory, principles, and application of Catholic social teachings.Talks by Matt Hanley, M.P.H., and Jennifer Miller, Ph.D., respectively, showed the significance of Catholic social and ethical teachings for current complex issues including AIDS andpharmaceutical company policies. Dan O’Brien, Ph.D., andWilliam Cox, representing Ascension Health (the largest Catholic healthcare system in the U.S.) and the Alliance of CatholicHealth Care (a California agency supporting Catholic healthcare institutions), respectively, provided insights into how theirorganizations are applying Catholic teachings in complex settings and times. Other topics included neuroscience and pornography, the threat of secularism to religious liberty, and thesocial implications of Catholic spirituality.Two presentations by Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guardfor Pope John Paul II, on “person-centered solutions” to thehealthcare crisis, were the highlights of an already impressivelineup of speakers.Attendees enjoyed meals and receptions outside in the Fess Parker’s Plaza del Sol.4Francis Cardinal Georgegives the keynote addressfollowing the banquet.Almost 40 medical students and residents were able to attendthe conference—a testament to their interest and to the generosity of donors, because free and discounted hotel rooms wereessential to their presence.A wonderful White Mass and fascinating keynote addressby Francis Cardinal George concluded the event. All in all, the2013 annual educational conference will be remembered asamong the CMA’s best to date.To obtain audio CDs of some or all of the conference presentations, go to the CMA Store at your earliest convenience. Onlya limited number of CD sets are available, so don’t wait!We look forward to seeing many old and new friends at the2014 conference in Orlando, Florida. ,
WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTERCMA members filled the parish church of San Roque in Santa Barbara, for an inspiring White Mass featuring Francis Cardinal George as principal celebrant and two choirs.John Lane, MD (l), presents the Lumen Fidei Award for outstanding service to the CMA toThomas Pitre, MD (c) and George Isajiw, MD (r).Board President Paul Braaton, MD gives his inaugural address.5
WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTERNashville Guild Wins 2013 Outstanding Guild AwardGuild Develops Unique Programs for the Year of FaithThe Outstanding Guild Award was inaugurated in 2010to recognize guilds for the quality of their efforts to fulfill theCMA’s mission and to generate new ideas and resources forother guilds to use.Inspired by Pope Benedict’s call to embrace this Year ofFaith, the Nashville Guild engaged its members to more deeply understand their Catholic faith and its intersection with thepractice of medicine by creating tailored presentations at itsmonthly meetings. In addition, the Guild took on two newprojects to respond to the call for a new evangelization: (1)designing and delivering a beautiful monthly electronic newsletter (see below); and (2) responding to a specific requestof the Holy See for the faithful to deepen their study of theCatechism by organizing an 11-month program of “Year ofFaith Study Evenings” for physicians and spouses to examine,in a small group setting, the first part of the Catechism whichelaborates on the Creed.Past winners of the Outstanding Guild Award include theOrlando Guild (2010), the Baltimore Guild (2011), and theSt. Raphael Guild of Duluth (2012).The cover and some select pages of the July 2013 Nashville Guild’s new e-newsletter.6Guild President J. Daniel Markley, MD and Roshanak Markley, MD, accept theOutstanding Guild Award for the Nashville Guild from John Lane, MD.
WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTERThe Vocation of Medicine in the Light of the Mysteryof the IncarnationRev. Matthew J. Gutowski, S.T.L.Aswe contemplate themysteries of faith which weencounter during Advent andChristmas, we are challengedto examine these intently. AsChristians, we need to trainourselves to be thorough inobserving the details of God’sactions. How amazing it is thatthe Son of God chose to begin his life here on earth inthe womb of Mary. The image of Jesus as the baby in theChristmas manger is very familiar to us, but have we everstopped to ponder that, when he was conceived by the powerof the Holy Spirit, he started out his bodily life as a tinyzygote and, then, an embryo in the “cradle” of Mary’s womb?What subtle yet significant message does our Lord want us tograsp as we ponder the event of the Incarnation of the Sonof God, and, especially, what are the implications for thevocation of medicine?I believe that wherever we find God, we discover thatwhich is most important, precious, and of concern toHim. Even the tiny human body as it begins to be “knittogether” by God in the womb is worthy of the upmostreverence, respect, and concern for its well-being. The Sonof God could have created His body like He did that ofAdam’s body, which was brought into its initial being infull maturity. As our Savior, He could have entered ourhuman history as a full-grown man. Yet the Son of Godchose differently. He willed to have His body unfold andgrow from its microscopic beginnings. When Mary went inhaste to assist her cousin Elizabeth, it was only days aftershe had conceived Jesus. Yet, John the Baptizer leapt in thewomb of his mother at the presence of the Incarnate Lord’sembryonic body in Mary’s womb. Our Savior had enteredour world in the humility of the little beginnings of thehuman body. This signals that the human body, even at itstiniest stage, is exalted to a holy and sacred status now thatHe who is the All Holy One came to dwell in our humanflesh from the starting point of its embryonic existence.What a responsibility the profession of medicine has toproclaim and to protect the dignity that the mystery of theIncarnation confers upon the body of every human personeven from the moment of conception!Further, we recognize that Jesus is Emmanuel, God withus, who chooses to be present to and experience everystage of our journey of life in a human body. How canour limited minds ever totally fathom that the AlmightyWord of God, through whom all things were created, choseto begin so tiny and vulnerable? From the moment of Hisconception to His death on the Cross, He experienced allthat we experience. The Son of God, the Second Person ofthe Trinity, was a companion to all the stages of our bodilylife. Hence we can never claim that God is aloof from eventhe most hidden moments of our human existence. Howawesome it is that the vocation of medicine includes a callto be the guardian of life and health in accompanying thehuman person from conception to natural death. At everyage of the body, the physician and healthcare professionalare summoned by Christ to be a channel of His healingpresence and to support the person in the challenges that onefaces in the stewardship of health. Besides the priesthood,there is probably no apostolate other than that of medicinethat attends to all the stages of life in order to serve thewell-being of the person. What a dignity the vocation ofmedicine derives from the mystery of the Incarnation!I pray that all the members of the Catholic MedicalAssociation will know the abundance of our Lord’s grace aswe celebrate His birth and all of the events surrounding it.A blessed Christmas to all! ,7
WINTER 2013 NEWSLETTER2013 CHARTERED GUILD REPORTSA Summary of Reports from Around the CountryREGION IMember of the Worcester Guild Paul Carpentier, M.D. testified before the Massachusetts Medical Society, and sponsored anamendment to a resolution on infertility treatments in favor ofinsurance companies paying for restorative reproductive healthcare (e.g., NaProTechnology).The Catholic Medical Society of Rhode Island gathered inthe chapel of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital on Oct. 15 for theirannual White Mass, with Msgr. Albert Kenney, Vicar General ofthe Diocese, as the main celebrant and homilist.REGION IIThe Blessed Marianne Cope Guild of Syracuse, NY, hosteda cookout over the summer with invited guests including severalmedical students from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.The Finger Lakes Guild of Rochester, NY, organized twomeetings (including an inaugural White Mass on Feb. 4, 2013),held four events for medical students, and sent a contingent ofpro-lifers to the March for Life.The Metropolitan New York Guild held an impressive series ofmonthly educational events at St. Catherine of Siena parish andheld a Mass for World Day of the Sick in February.All Region II guilds were active in assisting the New York StateCatholic Conference to educate the public about
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