XXVth FIAMC Congress Zagreb 2018

Congress Information

“…we hold those physicians and medical personnel in the highest esteem who, in the exercise of their profession, value above every human interest the superior demands of their Christian vocation. Let them persevere, therefore, in promoting on every occasion the discovery of solutions inspired by faith and right reason…” (Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae)

The 25th Congress of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations – FIAMC,  held in Zagreb, Croatia from May 30 through June 2, 2018, had the following objectives:

  • Sanctity of Life in the Light of Ethical Relativism, Secularism, and Transhumanism from Fertilization until Natural Death
  • Science and Medicine through the Lens of the Magisterium as Expressed in the Past Fifty Years of Papal Encyclicals
  • The Mission of FIAMC as an International Association of Lay Medical Professionals in Concert with the Teachings of the Catholic Church


  • Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity
  • Humanae Vitae, Evangelium Vitae, Donum Vitae, Laudato Si, Familiaris Consortio
  • Science in the Service of Human Nature
  • Bioethics and Scientific Achievements in Clinical Practice – Genome
  • Editing, Germ Line Therapy, Artificial Gametes from Stem Cells, Perfect Baby
  • Protection of the Family, Infertility, Naprotechnology, Procreative Assistance, Ovary and Uterus Transplantation, Gestational Surrogacy
  • Interfaith Dialogue – World Medical Association Policy Changes
  • Organ Transplantation and Trafficking – Legal Regulations of Medical Practice
  • Ethical aspects of Dental Medicine, Laboratory Medicine and Pharmacology
  • Intergeneration Solidarity, End of Life, Palliative Care and Deep Sedation, Prenatal and Postnatal Euthanasia
  • Culture of Life, Culture of Death – Waste Culture
  • Medical Education on Bioethics


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

10:00 –18:00 ​ Registration

10:00 – 13:00   ​Executive Committee (FIAMC) Meeting

13:00 – 14.30   ​FEAMC Bureau Meeting


11:00 – 12:30   ​Satellite Symposium

ChairmanJure Murgić

Ingrid PrkačinNutrition, Frailty and Disability

Mirjana Turkalj; Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition in Children

Julijana Franinović-Marković, Palliative Carefrom Theory to Practice 

13:00 – 14:00   Round table Discussion: Interfaith Dialogue – World Medical Association Policy Changes – Msgr Jacques Suaudeau

Participants from Catholic, Jewish, Islamic and Orthodox Religion


15:00 – 16:00

Opening Ceremony Performance

Presidential Address – John Lee and Ana Planinc-Peraica

Distinguished Guests’ Address and Film Projection 

Msgr Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life

Institutional address

16:00 – 16:20


Msgr. Bruno- Marie Duffé, Secretary of Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Role of the New Dicastery on Promoting Integral Human Development 

16:30 – 18:00

Welcome reception

19:00 – 21:00

Holy Mass and Solemn Procession Our Lady Patroness of Zagreb Celebration, Zagreb Cathedral

Thursday, May 31, 2018

07:15 – 07:45

Holy Mass, The Westin Hotel

08:00 –18:00 ​


08:30 – 09:00

Keynote Address I

Chairpersons: George Isajiw, USA, John Lee,Singapore; Ana Planinc Peraica, Croatia

Card. Willem Jacobus Eijk, Netherlands, Humanae Vitae: Half a Century – A Stumbling Block or A Prophetic Document?

09:00 – 09:15 Discussion

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Address II  

Chairpersons: Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy; Gian–Luigi Gigli; Italy; Ermanno Pavesi, Switzerland

Msgr. Vicenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Sanctity of Life and the Medical Profession from Humanae Vitae to Laudato si

09:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break

Scientific Session I: Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity

Chairpersons:  Jack Lane, USA; Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy; Jasenka Markeljević, Croatia

10:15 – 10:35 Nikolas T. Nikas, USA, The Power and Glory of Conscientious Practice in A Culture of Death: What Every Catholic Healthcare Professional Should Know

10:35 -10:55 Gian–Luigi Gigli, Italy, Assisted Nutrition and Hydration. Ethical Meaning in The Different Clinical Contexts 

10:55 -11:15 Ermanno Pavesi, Switzerland, Hospital as Christian Institution

11:15 – 11:35 Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy, Role of Catholic Doctors in Europe Today Between Science and Bioethics, Rights and Freedom of Thought 

11:35 – 11:55 Jasenka Markeljević, Croatia,Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity in our Civilization – Quo Vadis, Croatia? 

11:55 – 12:05 George Isajiw, USA,Stealth Euthanasia Among Us – Before We Take the Splinter Out of Our Brother’s Eye 

12.05 – 12.15


12:15– 13:00

Round table discussionConscientious Objection in Science and Clinical Practice Related to Ethical Committees’ Decisions (Ana Planinc-Peraica, Jasenka MarkeljevićMorana Brkljačić)

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

Scientific Session II: Trans-humanism and the Medical Profession in Contemporary Civilization

Chairpersons: Jozef Glasa; Slovakia; Davor Miličić, Croatia; Kevin Murrell,USA

14:00 – 14:45 Bernard Ars, Belgium, Reflections on the Human Being in the Face of the Domination of Techno-Sciences 

14:45 -15:05 Davor Miličić, Croatia, Ethical Aspects of Everyday Clinical Practice in Perspective of New Technologies 

15:05- 15:25Jana Zuščinová, Slovakia, Bioethics & Politics: Good Governance Of Humanity 

15:25 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:30

Keynote Address III:

Chairperson Freddie Loh, Malaysia

Msgr. Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary of Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human DevelopmentTake Care of Your Patients

Scientific Session III: Evangelium Vitae – The Antidote to Contraception, Abortion, and Euthanasia

Chairpersons:  Elvis Seman, Australia; Neda Aberle, Croatia; Bernard Ars, Belgium

16:30 – 16:50 Filippo-Maria Boscia, Italy,The great Confusion Between Contraception and Contragestation Abortion Hidden Today 

16:50 – 17:10 Jozef Glasa, SlovakiaThe Culture of Life and the Waste Culture

17:10 -17:30 Neda Aberle, Croatia, Prenatal Euthanasia for Healthy and Sick Child 

17:30 – 18.00


19:00 –20:00

Holy MassSt Marko Church, Upper Town of Zagreb 

20:30 – 22:00

Friday, June 1, 2018

07:15 – 07:45   Holy Mass, The Hotel Westin

08:00 –18:00 ​   Registration

Symposium for Students and Young Physicians

Chairpersons: Kevin Murrell, USA; Lucija Murgić, Croatia; Etienne Gaisne, France

08:30 – 08:45 Etienne Gaisne, France, The Medical Error ̶ A Look of Truth 

08:45 – 08:55 Kevin Murrell, USA,FIAMC and Young Physicians and Medical Students

08:55 – 09:05 John Rhee, USA, Is God Present in Your Life as a Medical Student?

09:05 – 09:15 Deborah Anne Lee, Singapore,Joy of Service –12 Years of Mission Work and Counting from a Student to a Doctor

09:15 – 09:25 Carissa Soon, Singapore, Student-driven Medical Missions 

09:25– 09:35

Panel: Dialogue with Medical Students and Young Doctors – Priscilla Lim, Singapore; Pedro Spinelli, Brazil; John Rhee, USA; Deborah Lee, Singapore; Carissa Soon, Singapore



10:00 – 11:00

FIAMC General Assembly

Parallel sessions


Small Hall 1    

08:30 – 10:00 Boris Ujević, Croatia; Lea Potočar, Croatia, FEMM – Healthcare for Women  

Small Hall 2

08:30 – 10:00 Marija Ćurlin, Croatia, Billings Ovulation Method® – Fertility Awareness and Management

Small Hall 3

08:30 – 10:00 Freddie Loh, Malaysia, Care for the Poor in Malaysia

Workshops in Different Languages  

Small Hall 1    


Danijela Rupčić, CroatiaAspetti etici e giuridici della protezione del nascituro (Ethical and Legal Aspects of the Protection of Unborn Child)

Small Hall 2


Stephen Bartulica, Croatia, Renewal of Culture and Conscience

Martha Ferenc,Ukraine, Report on Ukrainian Experience in Social Support for Young Mothers

Small Hall 3    


Daniela De Micheli Vitturi, Croatia, Odgovorno roditeljstvo i demografska obnova 

(Responsible Parenthood and demographic renewal)

Small Hall 4


Tvrtko Barun, Croatia,Migration, Human Trafficking and Children Exploitation 


Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:45

Keynote Address IV:

Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau, France,History and Perspective of Bioethics 

11:45 – 12:15

Keynote Address V:

Vincent Kemme, Belgium, A Positive Response to a “Tsunami” of Secularism

Presentation for Medical Students and Young Physicians

12:15 – 12:30 Lucija Murgić, Croatia, Medical Education on Bioethics

12:30 – 12:45 Damir Stojić, Croatia, Pastoral Care for Medical Students in Croatia

12:45 – 13:00 Mateja Šegović, Croatia, Youth Section (CCMS)

13:00 – 13:15 Katarina Mamić, Croatia, World Youth Alliance

Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00

Scientific Session IV: Familiaris Consortio – The Medical Profession in Protection of the Family

14:00 – 14:20 Robert Walley, Canada, Matercare International, Is the Catholic Doctor Being Frozen out of Modern Health Care by New Ethical and Moral Asteroids?

14:20 – 14:50 M.W. LeChevallier, USA, Pharmaceuticals and the Environment: Linkage to Natural Family Planning (NFP) 

14:50 – 15:20 Peter Jarzyna, USA, Duke University Trial Shows: Not Born With It! The Worldwide Autism Epidemic – Human Fetal DNA and Retroviral Environmental Triggers

15:20 – 15:40 Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau, France,Patient Centered Medicine 

15:40 -16:00


16:00 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 16:45 Priscilla Lim, Singapore; Sr Sarah Garcia, PhilippinesThe Joy of Service: Proposed Collaboration between FIAMC and Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco

Scientific Session V: Charity in Truth – Science in the Service of Human Nature as Created by God

16:45 – 17:00 Jose-Maria Simon-Castellvi, Spain, Thoughts on Humanae vitae

17:00 – 17:15 Alexandre Laureano-Santos, Portugal, From Scientific Knowledge to Compassion for the Patients

17:15 – 17:30 Fr Ján Ďačok, Slovakia, Care for our Common House, Biopolitics and Theologic-Moral Reflection

17:30- 17:45 Fr. Viktor Yaremak, OSBM, Ivan Luts, UkraineRe-establishment of the Principle of Human Dignity and Resumption of Church Teaching in Post-Soviet and Post-socialist Reality, as Experienced in Ukraine

17:45 – 18:00


Parallel Sessions for MaterCare International, Dentists and Dental Surgeons, Pharmacists and Nurses

Small Hall 1: Health Care Based on a Pro-life Foundation 

Chairperson: Bob Chazan, Poland

14:30 – 14:40


14:40 – 14:55 Elvis Šeman, Australia, The Influence of Creighton, Billings and Sympto-thermal Methods in Australia

14:55 – 15:10 Mirjana Radan, Croatia, Surrogate Motherhood- ̶ -Manipulated Parenthood  

15:10 – 15:25 Žarko Šperanda, Croatia, Dissociation of Sexuality and Reproduction

15:25 – 15:40


15:40 – 16:00

Coffee break

What does Catholic Maternal Health Care Looks Like? MaterCare 

Chairperson: Elvis Šeman, Australia

16:00 – 16:10 Introduction

16:10 – 16:25 Robert Walley, Canada, Its Formation and Purpose in The Care of Mothers and Babies. 

16:40 – 16:45 Robert Walley, Canada, In the Developing World – Project Isiolo.

16:45 – 17:00 Joseph Hassan and Cushla Hassan, New Zealand,First do no harm: Christian Hippocratic General Practice in New Zealand, offering fertility education and a free Crisis Pregnancy Service.

17:00 – 17:15 B. Chazan, Poland, In Europe 

17:15 – 17:30 E. Šeman, Australia, In Australasia

17:30 – 17.45 Oliviero Gorrieri, Italia, ADO assistenza Domiciliare Odontoiatrica


Small Hall 2: Ethical Challenges in Dental Medicine 

16:45 – 17:00 Pavel Kobler, Croatia, Is there a need to always use dental implants?

17:00 – 17:15 Jasna Leko, Croatia, Dental Medicine in Palliative Care 

17:15 – 17:30 Žarko Udiljak, Croatia, Ethics and Esthetics in Dental Practice 

Small Hall 3: Ethical Challenges in Biochemistry and Pharmacology

16:45 – 17:00 Jadranka SertićDiagnostic Procedures in Laboratories Precision Medicine and Cost Benefit Reality

17:15 – 17:30 Helena Glasova, Slovakia, Ethics in Clinical Research and Drug Reimbursement

17:30-17:45 Robert Likić, Croatia, Ethical Conduct of Clinical Trials

17:45 – 18:00


Small Hall 4: Palliative Care

16:15 – 16:30 Ingrid Prkačin, Croatia, Palliative Care in the Emergency Service

16:30 – 16:45 Željko Krznarić, Croatia, Enteral Nutrition in Adults  

16:45 – 17:00 Jasminka Stepan, Croatia, Palliative Care in Children

17:00 – 17:15 Morana Brkljačić, Croatia, Ethical Aspects of Palliative Care

17:15 – 17:30 Lidija Fumić Dunkić, Croatia, Palliative Care – New Approach 

17:30 – 18:00


20:00 – 22:00

Gala Dinner, Westin Hotel

Saturday, June 2, 2018

07:00 – 07:30 Holy Mass, The Westin Hotel

08:00 – 08:30 Keynote Address VII:

  1. Delmonico, USA, Organ Trafficking

09:15 – 09:30 Mirela Bušić, Croatia, Organ Donation

Scientific Session VI

Round Table Discussion: Salvifici Doloris, Pain, Suffering and Palliative Care – Christian Compassion: avoiding the False Promise of the Culture of Death (Speakers from the different regions of FIAMC invited)

08:45 – 08:55 B. Galichon, France, European Experience 

08:55– 09:05 Fr David Garcia, Singapore, Asian Experience 

09:05 – 09:15 Oceania Experience

09:15 – 09:25 African Experience

09.25 – 09.35 George Isajiw, USA, North American Experience breakout session on palliative care

09:35 – 09:45 Latin American Experience

09:45 – 10:05 Francois Blin, FIAMC, FEAMC – Past and Future 

10:05 – 10:45 Ethical, Professional and Legal Regulations in Medical Practice – Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide. Implications of World Medical Association proposed changes of therapeutic abortion and abrogation of conscientious objections. What can FIAMC and the national associations do? (Speakers from all VI Regions of FIAMC) – AFCMA (Peter Au Yeong, Hong Kong)

Parallel Sessions: Program for Nurses, Priests and Volunteers

8:30 – 9:30

Small Hall 1Workshop for Nurses

08:30 – 09:00 Janet Muchengwa, United Kingdom, Role of CICIAMS as a Catholic Nurses’ Association in today’s world 

09:00 – 09:15 Role of nurses in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

Small Hall 2: Workshop for Priests and Religious – Role of Religious in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

Small Hall 3: Workshop for Volunteers – Role of Volunteers in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00    Conclusions of the Congress & Closing Ceremony

Post-Congress Program

13.00 – 18:00

Visit to Sanctuary Marija Bistrica, Holy Mass

Post Congress Program for Students and Young Physicians Pedro Spinelli, Brazil

13.00 – 13:50 Round Table Discussion: How to affirm the Culture of Life (Youth Section, CCMS: Periša Sekondo, Ivo Džeba, Mate Žaja, Boris Jozić, Đuliano Trdić)13:50 – 14:00 Discussions

14.00 – 15.00 Workshops:

Small Hall 1: Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Volunteering (Youth Section, CCMS):

14:00 – 14:10 Ivan Novak, Croatia, Survey: Volunteering among medical students and young physicians

14:10 – 14:50 Jakov Milić, Croatia, Salvifici Doloris – Redemptive Suffering According to st. John Paul II

14:50 – 14:50 Discussions

Small Hall 2Boris Ujević, Lea Potočar, Croatia, FEMM – Healthcare for women

Small Hall 3 : Andreja Kotnik, Croatia, World Youth Alliance – HDC, Human Dignity Curriculum

Small Hall 4 : Katarina Mamić, Croatia, World Youth Alliance – Interactive workshop: Right to life and international treaties

15:30 – 17:30 Sightseeing of Zagreb

18:00 – 19:00 Holy Mass for Students and Young Physicians (St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb, Upper Town of Zagreb)

19:15 – 22:00 Presentation of Students and Young Physicians Activities, Meeting with cocktail, Music program Klapa „Euterpa“ (Praška street 6/II, Zagreb)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Post Congress Program for Students and Young Physicians

09:30 – 10:30 Coffee Meeting, Ban Jelačić Square

11.00 – 12.00 Holy Mass, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Zagreb (Palmotićeva street 33)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch, Restaurant (location to be announced later)*

15.00 Recreational Program, Maksimir Park


Dr. John Lee, FIAMC President

Dr. George Isajiw
Prof Jasenka Markeljevic MD, PhD

FIAMC Executive Committee

Prof. Bernard Ars, MD, PhD
Dr. Franco Balzaretti
Dr. François Blin
Dr. Paul Braaton
Dr. Bogdan Chazan
Dr. Tamás Csáky-Pallavicini
Dr. Vincenzo Defilippis
Dr. Gian Luigi Gigli
Dr. Lukas Jusuf
Dr. Shigeyuki Kano
Prof. Young Jin Ko
Dr. John I. Lane
Dr. Freddie Loh
Dr. Evariste Likinda
Dr. Maria Inez Linhares
Dr. José Clemente Díaz Maqueo
Dr. Kevin Murrell
Dr. Alejandro Nolazco
Dr. Anne Nolte
Dr. Walter Osswald
Dr. Martin Owen
Dr. Ermanno Pavesi
Prof Ana Planinc-Peraica, MD, PhD
Dr. Manuel Po
Dr. Hyacinthe Rajaona
Dr. Fabian Romano
Dr. Marc von Rotz
Dr. Elvis Seman
Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau
Dr. José María Simón Castellví
Silvija Vasilj
Dr. Niklaus Waldis
Dr. Robert Walley
Dr. Henrietta Williams

Local Organizing Committee

President: Prof Jasenka Markeljević, MD, PhD
Honorary President: Cardinal Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zagreb

CCMS Board and other members

Prof. Ana Planinc-Peraica, MD,PhD, CCMS President
Prof. Neda Aberle, MD, PhD
Marija Benković, mag. pharm.
Miroslav Bojić, MD
Assist. prof. Morana Brkljačić, MD, PhD
Danijela De Micheli Vitturi, MD
Assist. prof. Edvard Galic, MD, PhD
Tihomir Gojmerac, MD
Assist. prof. Natalia Kucic, MD,PhD
Prof. Jasenka Markeljević, MD, PhD
Anton Marović, MD, PhD
Jure Murgić, MD, PhD
Maja Peraica, MD, PhD
Matea Pešorda, MD
Prof. Ingrid Prkačin, MD, PhD
Danijela Rupčić, dipl. iur., PhD
Mirjana Radan, MD, PhD
Davorka Rosić, MD
Prof. Jadranka Sertić, PhD
Mr. sc. Žarko Udiljak, MD dent.
Romano Vrabec, MD, PhD
Prof. Marija Žagar, MD, PhD, CCMS ex President

Ivan Pavao Gradiški, MD, secretary

CCMS members – Youth Section

Mateja Šegović, MD, Youth Section President
Jakov Milić, MD, theology student
Katarina Mamić, medical student
Ivan Novak, medical student
Marija Novosel, MD
Matea Pešorda, MD
Periša Sekondo, MD
Barbara Tomić, MD

Luka Poslon, student Secretary

Honorary Committee Professor

Msgr. Valentin Pozaić, PhD., Eclestical Assist. of CCMS and FEAMC,
Faculty of Phylosophy and Religious Studies, University of Zagreb
Prof. Niko Zurak MD, PhD., Pontifical Academy for Life, ex member
Academician Željko Reiner
Academician Davor Miličić
Prof. Damir Boras, MD, PhD, Rector, University of Zagreb
Prof. Hrvoje Brkić, MD, PhD, Dean, School of Dental Medicine, University. of Zagreb
Prof. Damir Ježek, MD, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Food and Biotechnology, University. of Zagreb
Prof.dr.sc. Mario Cifrak, Dean, Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb
Prof.dr.sc. Stjepan Baloban, Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb
Prof.dr.sc. Tonči Matulić, Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb
Prof. Ivan Koprek, MD, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Phylosophy and Religious Studies, University of Zagreb
Prof. Anto Gavrić, MD,PhD, Vice Dean, Faculty of Phylosophy and Religious Studies, University of Zagreb
Prof. Ivan Šestak, MD, PhD, Vice Dean, Faculty of Phylosophy and Religious Studies, University of Zagreb
Prof Željko Krznarić, MD, PhD, President, Croatia Medical Association
Ljiljana Mayer,MD, PhD, President – Chor of Dentist
Franjo Turalija, MD, CCMS ex President
Prof. Kajo Bućan, MD, PhD
s. Jelena Lončar, Director of Charity, dipl. theologian, dipl. social working

Media relations

Davorka Gašparović, Bacc. Bioethics

The Croatian Catholic Medical Society

The Croatian Catholic Medical Society (HKLD – Hrvatsko katoličko liječničko društvo) is a catholic professional non-governmental organization, which brings together medical doctors, doctors of dentistry, pharmacists, magisters of medical biochemistry and other highly educated Croatian health workers.

Member of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (F.I.A.M.C. – “Fédération Internationale des Associations Médicales Catholiques”).


The CCMS was founded on 16 February 1991 as a secular and religious organization under the wing of the Catholic church gathering medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other highly educated members of the health service in order to promote catholic beliefs in the health protection of the community and in preserving human life from conception to natural death. About that same time Croatia came under attack, so the members of CCMS from the very beginning of war organized first aid courses and assistance to refugees.

The society was founded in the great hall of the Jesuit residence in Palmotićeva street that was too small to accommodate all those who were interested, since the gathering was attended by more than 200 participant doctors from 30 cities. The Archbishop at the time, Cardinal Franjo Kuharić was in attendance as well, and Dr Margarita Peraica was elected as president.  After founding the society, which has gathered great interest from other physicians as well as other highly educated employees of the health sector, President Ana Planinc-Peraica pointed out that the mission of the society is to witness in professional life the catholic principles and to express their views in ethical dilemmas that could arise in various situations.

These principles, members of the CCMS, would like to witness in both their personal life and professional activities; as stated in the society’s charter, in accomplishing these goals, members are acting in the following areas: encouraging ethical, moral, health and professional training of its members by the demands of time and teachings of the Catholic church; incorporates Christian values into the health sector that he bears witness to by personal example, nourishes the spirit of true service and respect for human life in dealing with an ill person, takes a stand for the application of the best and most reasonable practices in taking care of one’s health, prevention and recognition and treatment of disease along with recovery of the patient, cares about the dignity of physicians and employees of the health sector as well as proper and safe working conditions in their calling; serving with his expertise to the magisterium of the Church, promotes the Catholic moral and ethical attitudes in medical science and practice.



President of the Republic of Croatia
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović


Gradonacelnik grada Zagreba 

Milan Bandić

  • Grad Zagreb
  • Ured za zdravstvo grada Zagreba
  • Turistička zajednica grada Zagreba
  • Skupština grada Zagreba
  • Županija grada Zagreba
  • Ministarstvo zdravstva RH
  • Sveučilište u Zagrebu
  • Medicinski fakultet, Sveučilište u Zagrebu
  • Stomatoloski fakultet, Sveučilište u Zagrebu
  • Farmaceutsko biokemijski fakultet, Sveučilište u Zagrebu
  • Prehrambeno biotehnološki fakultet, Sveučilište u Zagrebu
  • Katoličko bogoslovni fakultet, Svečiilište u Zagrebu
  • Fakultet filozofije i religijskih znanosti, Sveučilište u Zagrebu
  • Hrvatska liječnička komora
  • Hrvatski liječnički zbor
  • Hrvatska komora medicinskih biokemičara
  • Hrvatska komora dentalne medicine
  • World Youth Alliance-Croatia


In this concluding document, while it is impossible  to report on all of the many topics related to the above objectives which were successfully presented and discussed at this Congress consisting of physicians, clergy, allied health professionals, and students of the various medical disciplines, we can nevertheless distill several most significant themes represented in the following resolutions:

1.  Sanctity of Life

      Resolved, that we, Catholic physicians and allied health care professionals, in our daily encounter with our patients, recognize that the dignity of life derives from the sanctity of life as revealed through the teachings of the Church contained in the various Papal Encyclicals, especially in the last 50 years beginning with Humanae Vitae through the more recent Laudato Si, and be it further

     Resolved, that recognizing the sanctity of life must inform our clinical practice and medical moral decisions to include the inviolable relationship between our patients and God, over and beyond the principles of patient autonomy and individual freedom alone.

2. Humanae Vitae

       Resolved, that we Catholic physicians and allied health care professionals recognize the prophetic nature of the encyclical Humanae Vitae on the 50th anniversary of its publication, and be it further 

        Resolved, that we recognize our obligation to help our patients repair and avoid the dangerous consequences predicted by Pope Paul VI through continued and expanded promotion of natural family planning, and  by recognizing the sanctity of the procreative powers given to mankind through the gift of sexual intercourse by protecting marriage as the permanent union in true love between one man and one woman.

3. Contraceptive Steroids

       Resolved, that we Catholic physicians and allied health professionals have an obligation to educate our patients and our society at large about the environmentally harmful effects of contraceptive sterols, be they excreted through the normal processes of human elimination or by contaminating our water supply by discarded excess un-ingested drugs.

4.   Rights of parents and guardians 

      Resolved, that we Catholic physicians and allied health professionals condemn the usurpation of medical moral decision making from parents and other patient guardians by medical and legal authorities, whether it be through the implementation of so called futility policies, declaration of brain death criteria, or by court  action, and be it further

       Resolved, that  medical decision making, especially  involving discontinuation of treatment, should seek the consent of the  legal guardian of the patient, especially respecting the rights of parents in the case of minor children, and the right to a second opinion as well as transfer to an institution willing to accept the patient should be recognized.

5 .  The Church and the provision of health care

      Resolved, that provision of medical care  for those in need should be a priority of the pastoral care programs of the Catholic Church, with the participation of the laity who are competent to provide for such health care needs.

6.   Nutrition and hydration in palliative care

Resolved,  that all Catholic palliative care programs must respect the teachings of the Magisterium through the Papal encyclicals, especially the writings of Saint John Paul II  and the pronouncements of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith over the past 50 years, concerning the obligatory provision of proportional care, including  food and water, even if administered by artificial means, as long as it fulfills its intended purpose of providing nutrition and hydration and would otherwise be the cause of death if withdrawn. 

7. Principle of double effect in palliative care

Resolved, that we, Catholic physicians and allied health care professionals call upon our Holy Mother Church to offer better education to health care professionals concerning proper understanding and clinical utilization of the principle of double effect, in order to end and avoid both intended and inadvertent abuses of this principle evident among some Catholic palliative care providers.  

8. Human organ trafficking

    Resolved, that we Catholic physicians and health care professionals support the position of the Holy See and other international organizations, based on the principle of the sanctity of human life, that the human body and its parts are not for sale or profit, and be it further

     Resolved, that trafficking in human organs and tissue for monetary gain must be condemned and prosecuted  under national and international laws, in order to protect vulnerable donors, both voluntary and coerced, and to forbid obtaining organs from prisoners including those who are legally executed for capital crimes.

9.  Religious freedom in health care 

       Resolved, that we Catholic physicians and allied health care professionals, as well as Catholic institutions, who jointly represent the largest health care system of care for the sick,  the poor and the vulnerable  throughout the world, must be given the freedom by governments and other health care regulating agencies to practice scientific medicine without compromising our Faith, based on the sanctity of human life,  without legal or financial restrictions.

10.  Provision of charitable health care encouraged by Pope Francis

      Resolved, that FIAMC encourages and supports their member organizations in their charitable and missionary endeavors throughout the world, and be it further

      Resolved,  that  we Catholic physicians and health care professionals, responding to the consistent exhortations of the Holy Fathers throughout the past 50 years, especially our current Holy Father Pope Francis, should expand and multiply our charitable, pro bono work in helping the sick , the poor, and the vulnerable  throughout world, even if it requires stepping out of our comfort zones and making financial and personal sacrifices.

Signed by Dr. John Lee , president of the Congress, and co-chairs  Dr. Jasenka Markeljevic and Dr. George Isajiw

Link: https://fiamccongress2018.com