In an address given to a gathering of Catholic gynecologists today, Pope Francis stated that the final objective of doctors is always the defense and protection of human life. He explained that,
“In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science!”
Pope Francis made reference to the “throwaway culture” that promotes the mentality that those who are weak, especially the unborn and the elderly, have no value. He condemned this mentality by saying:
“Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. … And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ. They must not be thrown away!”
He also addressed what he called a “paradoxical situation” in the medical field, that while medical science discovers new cures for diseases, human life itself is not always respected. He encouraged the medical professionals present to witness to and promote the culture of life.
“This is a commitment of new evangelization that often requires going against the tide, paying a personal price. The Lord counts on you, too, to spread the Gospel of life.”
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