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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

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

White Mass

If you didn't make the White Mass October 15, this year, sorry we missed you. Plan on coming next year
Saturday October 21, 2017
Keynote Speaker
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD)


This year's 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

Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD
Keynote Speaker

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

Dr. Deacon Chavira


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
Save the Date

Friday - Saturday April 28-29

National Catholic Bioethics Center Conference


8:00 Mass

Bishop Thomas Olmsted

Diocesan Pastoral Center

400 E. Monroe Phoenix

This conference is a required part for those taking the

National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics

and will feature many aspects of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

Father Tad Pacholczyk - speaker

also: John Haas, PhD, STL;  John Brehany, PhD, STD; 

John DiCamillo, PhD, BeL;  Diane Ecret,MSN, RN

This meeting will be in lieu of the April Phoenix CPG meeting



Sat May 20

An Alternative to Healh Insurance

Diocesan Pastoral Center


Wednesday, June 7, DPC

Human Trafficking -- the role of the health care giver

Mass - 6:00 PM

joint meeting with Pregnancy Centers



(no meeting for July)


Saturday, August 5, 10:00 AM




Sept 7-9 National Catholic Medical Association

Annual Conference -- Denver



Fri-Sun - Sept 29 - Oct 1

Phoenix CPG Annual Retreat

Father Ignatius

Franciscan Renewal Center

Theology of the Body


Sat Oct 21 White Mass

Banquet Follows

See info in adjacent column

Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD


Sat Nov 11

Father Ignatius Mazanowski, FFHS

Medical Moral Decision Making


10:00 Confessons/Exposition

11:00 Mass

12:00 Lunch and Presentation


Fri Dec 8 Evening

(Feast Immaculate Conception)

Advent Reflection 7:00 PM

Bishop Thomas Olmsted



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.

 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.

CMA: "Upholding the principles of the Catholic Faith in the science and practice of medicine"