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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Conference to examine Catholic perspective on healthcare
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¬†Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor will, on Saturday 2nd December, welcome leading medical experts to 'Celebrating Life', a one-day forum being held in London to examine some of the most pressing issues in modern healthcare from a Catholic perspective. Those attending will include doctors, medical students and others working in healthcare. The 'Celebrating Life' forum, which will include discussion of abortion, euthanasia and fertility treatments, has been organised by the Diocese of Westminster's Department for Pastoral Affairs with the aim of providing information and guidance to Catholics seeking to live out their faith through their careers in medicine. The forum takes place at a time when questions concerning the dignity of human life are increasingly in the national spotlight, including the BBC's 'A Child Against All Odds' season which has been examining the ethical issues associated with fertility treatment in a series of programmes and debates. The keynote lecture at the forum will be given by Dr Philip Howard, Consultant with the St Helier/Epsom NHS Trust. Entitled 'Evangelium Vitae: Principles for Contemporary Medicine' the lecture will reflect on the meaning for today's medical practitioners of Pope John Paul II's 1995 encyclical, which stressed the value of all human life. A specialist panel, including experts in Healthcare Ethics, Intensive Care and Fertility will respond to the issues raised in the lecture and reflect on their own experience of contemporary medical practice. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said: "I welcome this opportunity to meet with doctors and healthcare professionals in the Celebrating Life forum. hope it will be an occasion for us all to deepen our awareness of the dignity of every person." Bishop Bernard Longley, Chairman of the Diocese of Westminster's Pastoral Board explained: "The forum is intended to help those present to appreciate their current or future careers as a vocation; as a way of serving God through bringing health to the human person. It will offer pastoral encouragement to Catholics in healthcare by providing an opportunity for people to share their experiences and knowledge of contemporary medical advances that have triggered many ethical dilemmas, and the Catholic alternatives to some of these advances. " "The Healthcare Reference Group of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, (www.catholicsinhealthcare.com ," continued Bishop Longley," already offers great support and a variety of resources for Catholics in health and social care professions; this forum will continue and add to this support. Catholic bioethics has a significant contribution to make to the debate on medical ethics, and this forum provides an opportunity for the views of Catholic medical practitioners to be voiced and discussed". The forum will take place on Saturday 2nd December at Netherhall House, Nutley Terrace, London NW3 5SA, from 11.15am ≠ 4pm. The fee for the conference is £40, or £15 for students. Anyone wishing to attend should contact: Catherine MacGillivray, Department for Pastoral Affairs, Vaughan House, Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN. cathmacgillivray@rcdow.org.uk 020 7931 6064 Source: Archbishops House
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