Daily Archives: March 17, 2009

Priests to exorcise former abortuary

They should start performing exorcism ceremonies at *current* abortion “clinics.”

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The Hypocritical Oath

The “traditional” text of the Hippocratic Oath:

“I SWEAR by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation- to reckon him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others. I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion. With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art. I will not cut persons laboring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter, I
will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and, further from the seduction of females or males, of freemen and slaves.
Whatever, in connection with my professional practice or not, in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret. While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times! But
should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot! “

For centuries, this has been the base standard of medical ethics. Hippocrates, the founder of western medical science, was a Greek philosopher of the Pythagorean school.

In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court uses texts from Plato and Aristotle to contend that the Pythagoreans were alone in condemning abortion among the Greeks.

Now, one might have a red flag raised that, for centuries, Christian physicians have been swearing an oath to pagan gods–suggesting, perhaps a double standard.

And we know that oaths mean nothing in our society. Perjury abounds. Presidents do anything but uphold the Constitution. Catholics swear an oath to reject Satan and all his works, the world and all its empty show, and then run for political office and promote Satan’s agenda.

But what else will come of the medical profession rejecting a fundamental oath against abortion? What other standards of medical ethics can also be called into question?

In fact, there is a “modern version” of the “Hippocratic Oath” which has nothing to do with Hippocrates. In fact, this version says a doctor may be called upon to “end life,” and that he should do it with humility!

However, the Oath has stood firm for over 2500 years as the standard of Western Medical Ethics: “First do no harm.”

EWTN Group Pictures 6

Statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, vestibule of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Birmingham, AL.

St. Teresa of Avila on the Eucharist and Protestants

“For nowadays theseheretics have so little regard for the Blessed Sarament that they take away its dwelling places by destroying churches” (Way of Perfection, ch. 3, para. 8).
At the time, she was referring to the Protestants. Today, it applies to many Catholics.

St. Teresa of Avila On praying for others

On the subject of whether we should pray for graces for ourselves or whether we should offer our prayers and sufferings for others, St. Teresa offers the following comment: “
“What would it matter were I to remain in purgatory until judgement day if through my prayer I could save even one soul?”
(Way of Perfection, Ch. 3, para. 6).