Hope For Catholic Healthcare

Talk by Pontifex University Faculty Member in San Francisco on Sunday, 12th February. This is About Genuinely Affordable Healthcare. But it Goes Much Deeper Than That.

Dr Michel Accad, will talk at Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Francisco this Sunday evening about the provision of authentically Catholic healthcare.

Dr Accad is one of a rare breed. A faithful Catholic who is respected as an original thinker in different subjects that bring all he knows together in harmony –  in the consideration of the health of the person in his practice as a medical doctor.

He has published numerous articles on on medicine and is respected in both the secular and Catholic medical communities; he has also published on natural philosophy (for The Thomist); and he is an advocate of a society based upon a culture of faith, beauty and free market principles, especially Austrian economics, who has spoken at the Mises Institute.

He is also a practising medical doctor who has been thinking deeply about how to bring all of these issues into tangible effect for the benefit of patients. In this talk, he will describe how he is structuring his practice in such a way that all the principles of Catholic social teaching and understanding of the human person can be offered for the benefit of the whole person.

Dr Accad is also on the faculty of Pontifex University and his first course – natural philosophy and philosophical anthropology – will be offered in the summer.

Some may wonder how all of these subjects can be connected in a Masters of Sacred Arts program. We can look to the patron saint of physicians for the answer. St Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul’s “Luke, the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14) and so is the patron saint of physicians. It is appropriate that St Luke is also the patron saint of artists. It is a deep understanding of the human person and of the natural order, so typically neglected in the education of both artists and physicians, that ought to be the common ground for both of these professions.

St Luke the Evangelist, by Guido Reni; Italian, 17th century

The primary educator of this is God himself, encountered in a person in the Sacred Liturgy. And this is where we meed the Word, presented in many ways but including the gospels, including St Luke’s.

The artist understand these things and synthesises them so that he can represent what he sees beautifully and in such a way that it draws us to God. The physician understands these things and synthesizes them so that he can offer the benefits of natural science and his care for the patient in such a way that it benefits the whole person, body and soul; and (critically) creates a relationship that nourishes both patient and doctor.It is the beauty of Catholic social teaching that when we allow it to govern our activities it allows for all who are engaged to flourish as people in fulfillment of the personal vocation because it is in God – Beauty, Truth and Goodness – in whom all of these are unified. The MSA program offers the possibility of a deep formation that is rooted in the worship of God the Father, through His Son, in the Holy Spirit.

For this reason, the MSA is also a formation for any persoanl vocation. For with God’s grace, it develops a ability to grasp what is beautiful  – which is love made visible – and bring it to bear on all that we do. By this means, each of us becomes the New Evangelist, contributing gracefully and mercifully to the culture in all that we do, and by so doing, drawing people to Christ in His Church.

St Luke the Evangelist. Icon by David Clayton, 21st century


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