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The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix
a Chartered Guild of the Catholic Medical Association

We come together as the Phoenix Guild of the Catholic Medical Association in order to grow in our understanding of the moral and ethical principles of our Catholic Faith. We seek to engage and live our call to holiness, to grow in our love of God, and to support one another as faithful Catholics.
Archive 2016

January 11
Dr. Cynthia Miley, Tucson
Patient Euthanasia
personal experience and job loss over refusal

February 8

March 14

April 11

May 9
Mike Phelan
Into the Breach
St. Thomas Apostle
hosted by KC's

June 20
Dr. Lori Carrillo, Ob-Gyn
Hormonal Contraception
SSSJ Cathedral
hosted by KC's

July no meeting

August 8
Sister Anthony Mary Diago
Consecrated LIfe
Mater Misericordia
hosted by KC's

September 12
HUSH -- the movie
Christ the King Church
hosted by KC's

September 23-25
CPG Retreat
Father Ignatius Mazanowski, FFHS

 October 15
White Mass
Archbishop Cordileone

no meeting

Congratulations to Billy Chavira, MD, on his ordination to the Permanent Diaconate November 5, 2016

December 9
Advent Reflection
Bishop Thomas Omsted

January 14, 2017
Hormonal Birth Control, Abortion, and Breast Cancer -- the Links
Dr. Jim Statt
retired Ob-Gyn
February 11
Seminar: Assisted suicide, euthanasia, death & dying
Nikolas Nikas, Esq

March 18
Lenten Retreat
Father Ignatius Mazanowski, FFHS
St. John the Baptist

April 28-29
National Catholic Bioethics Center Conference

Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
Father Tad Pacholczyk, John Haas, PhD, John Brehany, PhD,
John DeCamillo, PhD, Diane Ecret, MSN, RN

May 20
Ethical and Religious Directives
Tom Shellenberger, MD

June 7
Human Trafficking -- the role of the health care giver
joint meeting with pregnancy centers

July -- no meeting

August 5
Compassion, Mercy, and Forgiveness
Catherine Amiot - Mission of Mercy

Sept 7-9 Annual Conference Denver

Sept 29- Oct 1 Annual Retreat Franciscan Renewal Center'

Oct 21, White Mass
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD
The Joy of Catholic Health Care: Why We Serve the Poor

November 11
Father Ignatius Mazanowski, FFHS
Medical Moral Decision Making

With Bishop Olmsted
Friday December 8 Evening
(Feast Immaculate Conception)
5:00PM Confessions
6:30 PM Mass
7:30 Reception

Diocesan Pastoral Center
400 E. Monroe
Free parking underneath

White Mass
this year was held
October 21, 2017
The Joy of Catholic Healthcare: Why We Serve the Poor

Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD


2016 White Mass was October 15
Keynote Speaker
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
Archdiocese of San Francisco

Archbishop Cordileone's Homily's-homilies/ordc29-16whitemassphoenixhomily.pdf?sfvrsn=0.

Archbishop Cordileone's Keynote Address's-talks/phoenix----health-care-workers-keynote.pdf?sfvrsn=0.

Archbishop Cordileone

See Article in Catholic Sun


Does the Pope allow contraception in exceptional circumstances (Zika, birth defects)?


The position of the magisterium is unchanged since before the Didache in 100 A.D., Council of Nicea, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Council of Trent, Casti Connubii, Humanae Vitae, Veritatis Splendor, or any other of the many and consistent teachings of the Church on marriage.


Amoris Laetitia

Did the Pope's Exhortation just make way for some people living in mortal sin, to receive Communion?


...even the Pope can't contradict doctrine (1Cor 11:27, Matt 19:9, Mark 10:11). But he does want everyone to feel more welcome at Mass.


Is nutrition and hydration a moral requirement for those in a persistent vegetative state?



Morally speaking, nutrition and hydration, even if delivered by feeding tube (at least where it can be done with a simple surgical procedure -- most places in the world) is no longer considered extraordinary care of a person who would die without it. A person cannot be permitted to die from neglect.  Withdrawal of extraordinary and disproportionate means of keeping someone alive, however, is permitted.  See:

Persons faced with difficult decisions such as whether care is extraordinary would do well to contact the Phoenix Diocesan Medical Ethics Board at:

the National Catholic Bioethics Center

Health care students


and form a CMA chapter at your school. Medical student CMA member applicants are selected to attend the annual "Boot Camp" at the seminary in Philadelphia for a 4 day intensive study of Catholic bioethics, philosophy, and theology in June of 2016 ... OR to attend the annual conference this September 7-9  in Denver CO. Join the student CMA! Rewarding, enlightening. Cheap.

For assistance or for speakers at your student events, email

Dr. James Asher, at


Recent question received:

After a certain number of C-sections, or other (static, non-emergency) damage to the uterus, does the Church allow uterine isolation resulting in tubal ligation-sterilization? see:

In a word, No. An attempt was made to base argument on principle of double effect but it never was a very good one. You can remove a diseased organ that has potential to hurt the body (e.g. uterine cancer) because you're removing cancer, and a hysterectomy is incidental to this -- the unwanted -- double -- effect. Condemned in 1993.

Read more from The Wanderer on Conscience Protection Rights

 The Catholic Physicians Guild is a component of the Catholic Medical Association, a national organization of Catholic Health Care Givers. We seek support, solidarity, and conscience formation among ourselves as we try to live the teachings of the Church in the care we give and in our personal lives.

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