Castellví stated in his article that “the presidency of a pontifical academy is a very suitable position for a layman or for a woman. Or is it that we don’t have in the Church a woman who is pleasant to deal with, married, with seven children, with a solid training in medicine, who speaks languages and who can go to Rome frequently? Are we that bad?”
“I don’t think it’s good for anyone for women to hold mid-level positions or be named ‘deaconesses,’” he said.
“Yes, it’s true that the fact that a competent cleric is appointed president is not a sin nor even close to it. But it is a potentially missed opportunity for a layman or laywoman to do much-needed work with a certain visibility,” he added.
The Catholic doctor warned that “induced abortion is an offense against God, mothers, children, and medicine. It’s anti-medicine. It can never be accepted or promoted.”
In this regard, Castellví stressed the importance of revoking the alleged “right” to legal abortion in the United States with the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in June.
“It’s an open door for protecting life in a very important Western country from various points of view and I believe that it will help us over time to reverse the scourge of abortion, whether the (abortion) lobby likes it or not,” he said.
“It’s not everything and not everything is won, but we should still be celebrating it,” he said.
The Catholic doctor then said that he understands “that we must try to dialogue with those who support the destruction of intrauterine life and attract them to the cause of the culture of life.”
“But they cannot be offered a platform to spread their ideas. They already have too many in the secular world and with an overwhelming majority,” he pointed out.
The academy and contraception
Castellví recalled that St. Paul VI “asked doctors and health care personnel to acquire all the science necessary to, with regard to the transmission of life, give the spouses who consult us wise advice and healthy guidelines that they expect from us with every right.”
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“Thus, instead of losing time and health with contraceptives or discussions that are useless, we should help mothers with problems and spouses who need to space a birth for serious reasons,” he said, pointing to the recent controversies caused by a book by the Pontifical Academy for Life that would aim to change the Church’s teaching on contraception.
Help for married couples, explained the Catholic doctor, can be given “using the resources that nature already offers us: women’s infertile periods, which today can be recognized in a simple way, for example with the Billings ovulation method.”
In addition, he pointed out, “the end of life should always be accompanied by the family, a religious minister, and good palliative care.”
“It’s not the same to die as to be killed. We will die from sickness or old age, perhaps from war, but we should never die from a deliberate medical act,” he said.
At the end of his article, Castellví added “an old prayer in support of the Holy Father and his collaborators, one of whom is the president of the Academy for Life. We Christians have to speak but we also have to pray: ‘the Lord protect him, bless him and keep him, make him happy on earth and not deliver him to the fury of his enemies.’”
This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.