Tuesday 21 October 2008

Pope- To Doctors- Respect Human Dignity in Patients

(Journey in a Broken World; Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Catholic Culture 20/10/08; Vatican Radio 20/10/08; Vatican Information Service 20/10/08)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Holy Father, Pope, Benedict XVI, yesterday noted that because of the human dignity- that even with patients that wont make it- doctors must still ensure they communicate by the best method with patients, and give them relief though their actions, even if they cannot cure these persons. He said that patients want to be understood and heard, and that doctors need to treat them as fellow human beings- giving more than just a clinical diagnoses, and treating every patient, born, unborn, healthy, or sick with dignity and proper respect.

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