Conscientious Objection in the Service of Life Print
Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 22 March 2007 17:22
Zenit published an thought provoking interview two day ago with Dr. José María Simón Castellví, president of the World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations. He was interviewed while attending the congress on "The Christian Conscience in Support of the Right to Life," organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome on Feb. 23-24.

Dr. Castellvi made some pointed observations:

"it was surprising to learn that in the so-called democratic countries in Europe, it is not possible to study to be a gynecologist without having to perform abortions.

Power elicits complicity when it attempts to subdue good people so that they keep quiet and let the powerful act.

Many people, especially the youth, rebel against this situation and do not easily conform to a society that gives us well-being and, to a certain point, anesthetizes us with it, and makes it more difficult for us to defend the weak.

The conscience should be followed. Also, the conscience should be care for, because it can become sick. It should be educated, it should be well informed and it should be polished often as a very precise instrument. We are gambling away a lot if the conscience is not in good shape.

It is the work of the laity to make the world a better place. We shouldn't think that the hierarchy of the Church is going to do everything.

The laity are everywhere, and we should sweep and polish every corner of the world.

The laity should pray, make sacrifices, follow the important guidelines set out by God through the magisterium, and work, work practically without rest."