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Below is the English translation of the text of Declaration of Faith, a document written by dr Wanda Półtawska, a friend of St John Paul II, on values and principles of Catholic bioetics. The Declaration was signed by 3927 medical professionals and students of Poland (last update on 19th of August 2014).

Dr Wanda Półtawska. Photo Mariusz Kubik 2009

Wanda Półtawska. Photo Mariusz Kubik. CC BY 3.0

 

Declaration of Faith

of Medical Doctors and Students on the Subject of Sexuality and Fertility.

 

It was entrusted to us – medical doctors – to guard life from its beginning.

 

1. I believe in one God, Master of the Universe who created a man and a woman in His image.

 

2. I recognize that human body and life by being a gift from God is holy and inviolable.

- a body is the subject to law of nature but the nature was created by God

- the moment of conception and of departing from this life depends solely on God's decision.

If that decision is made by a man instead it violates not only elementary commandments of the Decalogue by committing deeds abortion, contraception, artificial insemination and euthanasia but by in-vitro fertilisation it rejects the Creator himself.

 

3. I accept the truth that the sex given by God is determined biologically and is the way of existence of a human being. It is an ennoblement and privilege because mankind was endowed with organs thanks to which people by parenthood become “the associates to God himself in the act of creation” - the calling to parenthood is the God's plan and only the chosen by God and bound with Him by the holy Sacrament of Marriage have the right to use those organs which constitute the sacrum in human body.

 

4. I ascertain that the sole foundation of a Catholic doctor's dignity and freedom is his/her conscience enlightened by the Holy Spirit and the Teaching of the Church and that he/she has right to act in accordance to his/her conscience and medical ethics which allow the right to object the acts inconsistent with his/her conscience.

 

5. I recognize the precedence of God's law over human law

- current need to oppose the imposed anti humanitarian ideologies of the modern world

- the need of constant improvement not only of medical knowledge but also of the knowledge of Christian anthropology and theology of the body.

 

6. I opine that – not imposing their views and beliefs to anybody – the Catholic medical doctors have right to expect and demand the respect to their views and freedom in performing their professional acts in accordance with their conscience.

 

Likewise we hold in the highest esteem those doctors and members of the nursing profession who, in the exercise of their calling, endeavor to fulfill the demands of their Christian vocation before any merely human interest. Let them therefore continue constant in their resolution always to support those lines of action which accord with faith and with right reason. And let them strive to win agreement and support for these policies among their professional colleagues. Moreover, they should regard it as an essential part of their skill to make themselves fully proficient in this difficult field of medical knowledge. For then, when married couples ask for their advice, they may be in a position to give them right counsel and to point them in the proper direction. Married couples have a right to expect this much from them

Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 27.

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