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Australian CMA Chaplains' Statement on Conscience 


In response to requests by members the chaplains of the Australian Catholic Medical Association have written a document of  clarification regarding the role of conscience in the context  of mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.

A letter was also sent to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP and the Health Minister Greg Hunt MP, State Premiers, Health Ministers and CHOs, raising concerns about the need for recognition of conscience and religious exemptions. 


The statement was also written about by Dennis Shanahan in the Weekend Australian. Read here or here

CMA Writes to Prime Minister, Raising Ethical Concerns
about Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates

On Sunday the 4th of August, the Australian Catholic. Medical Association wrote to the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, raising concerns about the development and manufacture of Covid-19 vaccine candidates. The expertise and diligent research of several CMA members, led to the writing of this excellent and informative document. Several issues were raise  Prime Minister, including the the use of aborted foetal cell lines in the. manufacture of some vaccine candidates. Similar letters were also sent to the Health Minister Greg Hunt and the Federal Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly also received similar 
Read the letter here
Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi Message for COVID Crisis, March 27th 2020.
“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”(Mk 4:10)
Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter's Basilica.  In rain and under dark skies, to an empty plaza, Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary address to the world in this time of pandemic and crisis, which was followed by Adoration and Benediction.
Read Pope Francis' full message here.
Watch the video here.
Cardinal George Pell Unanimously Exonerated by High Court of Australia
--April 7th 2020--
On Tuesday 7th of April 2020, after 405 days of imprisonment, Cardinal George Pell walked free from prison after the High Court of Australia, by unanimous judgements, found him innocent of all charges against him. 

Seven judges ruled that it was evident there was "a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof" Pell v The Queen [2020].

Read the statement by the Australian Catholic Medical Association welcoming the decision by the High Court of Australia. 

Read the statement by Cardinal George Pell.

Read the statement by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli.

Read the statement by Archbishop Anthony Fisher.

Read the summary of the case and its history by Prof Greg Craven, Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.

Read the Catholic Weekly news article about the High Court decision. 

CMAV Chaplain writes to CMA members on
Spiritual Communion 
CMAV Chaplain, Fr Paschal Corby OFM Conv, wrote a message of encouragement to CMA members providing a commentary on Spiritual Communion in the current situation of not being able to receive Holy Communion sacramentally. His message can be read here
Pope Francis' Message for 'World Day of the Sick', Feb 11th 2020.
“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28)
Pope Francis has written a letter to the sick, their carers and family as well as for health professionals, commemorating the "World Day of the Sick' which coincides with Our Lady of Lourdes feast day, February 11th. 
The CMAV will be commemorating this day by holding its Opening Mass to coincide with this important initiative on Tuesday February 11th @7.30pm at St Gerard's Church, Nth Dandenong. The event is open to all and will include a special blessing of the sick by our chaplain Fr Paschal Corby OFMConv. 
To read Pope Francis' message click here.
A Victorian Tragedy. Euthanasia now legal in the state of Victoria.
On Wednesday 19th of June, the state of Victoria sadly crossed another threshold moment in its pursuit of a 'culture of death', by implementing legalised euthanasia and physician assisted suicides in the name of false empathy and compassion. Read about the Victorian Bishops' rejection of this law in The Australian and in The Age newspapers. Read Bernadette Tobin's excellent article in the Australian. Read  Prof John Keown's reflections on the law and Paul Keating's accurate predictions.  Other newspaper reports include: UK Daily MailSydney Morning Herald, and The Guardian.
For general updates on the issue of euthanasia in Australia go to 'Euthanasia Updates' page. 
CMAV Opening Mass 2019:
On Thursday March 14th about 40 members and friends of the CMAV gathered to enjoy a great evening which began with Mass in the beautiful ACU chapel celebrated by our new chaplain Fr Paschal Corby OFM Conv and was followed by a wine and supper. Our guest speaker, Dr John Daffy, gave a special presentation...Read more
Cardinal George Pell Court Case:
Cardinal George Pell is currently awaiting an appeal process to challenge the guilty verdict handed down by a Victorian court regarding an incident of child sexual abuse in 1996. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has written a letter regarding this which can be read here.
To read more about the context and details of this extraordinary case some suggested articles include Fr Frank Brennan's piece in Eureka Street  and Paul Kelly's article in The Australian.
CMA Writes Submission to WMA on Euthanasia:
The National Catholic Medical Association has written to the World Medical Association regarding proposed changes to the WMA's position statements on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide, which will be put forward in April at a meeting in Chile and will be decided upon in October and a general Council meeting.  The CMA Submission urged the WMA not to change its terminology or its stance of opposition on these issues. The CMA submission can be read here

Victorian National CMA Launch

The National Catholic Medical Association held its Victorian launch on Saturday the 8th of September at the Athenaeum Club in Collins St, Melbourne. The dinner was well attended with over 100 guests, including doctors, allied health professionals and medical students...Read more

Pope Francis Meets  Catholic Doctors

Pope Francis met delegates from the International Catholic Medical Association (FIAMC) in the lead up to the World Congress in Croatia. Read more here. Read President Dr Lee's address here.

Pope Francis issued a statement of encouragement to Catholic doctors and other health-professionals. Read here.

Victorian Euthanasia News

On November 22nd 2017 Victoria legalised assisted suicide and euthanasia. To read how this tragic event was perpetrated on the citizens of Victoria read Mr Robert Clark's excellent summary here

National Catholic Medical Association Announced 

Australian Catholic bishops have approved the establishment of a Catholic Medical Association of Australia – Continue reading

Read the recent AMA Policy against Euthanasia  here.

Read the WMA Statement on Euthanasia 

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