Catholic Physicians Warn of Secularism's Grip

MADRID, Spain, NOV. 22, 2004 ( Some Catholic doctors in Europe warn about the growing influence of secularism, which they fear might curtail their freedom in health care.

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“If in the past we spoke about pernicious ideologies in Europe, such as Fascism and Marxism, with secularism we now witness a diminution in freedom of expression, practice of the faith, etc.,” the president of the Association of Christian Doctors of Catalonia, Josep Maria Simón, told ZENIT.

Simón was host of the meeting of the executive council of the European Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, held Nov. 18-21 in Barcelona.

Some doctors gave examples of the curtailment of freedoms connected with their profession, such as the impossibility of obtaining the title of gynecologist in most European countries, without having performed abortions.

They also cited the prohibition, in France, against their putting up posters to announce their congresses. Such advertising is considered ostentatious.

Conferees further contended that the new ideology is causing deaths, through abortion and euthanasia.

During the meeting, doctors from the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland reported on the situation of euthanasia in their countries, and the executive council agreed to publish more than 15,000 leaflets on euthanasia in French, English and German.

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