Catholic Medical Quarterly Volume 72(2) May 2022

In Haec Tempora

The War in Ukraine

Fr Marcin writes :

“It's terrible, yesterday morning I was awakened by explosions that made the windows tremble. There were 7 explosions in the morning.
It was an attack on the military airport here in Lutsk, the airport was fired on and the TV tower was blown up.
Today, sirens sound every few hours, alarming about the possibility of bombing. At night, we sleep in our clothes so that when the sirens wail, we quickly run away to the shelter.
We are organizing a shelter for people in the basement of the cathedral, we try to organize sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, quilts, jackets, it's cold there,
We are also buying medicine and long-term food for the shelter. Help is needed and a lot of it. You can also help financially,
I am asking for prayer - that I may have strength.
I'm scared. I don't want to leave, go (flee) to Poland for now. As long as I can do it, I don't want to leave the parish, as long as there are still people.”

We are pleased to report that our little Catholic Medical Missionary Society has emptied its coffers recently, sending money to Ukraine and elsewhere. More has been sent by members to Aid to the Church in Need which has been actively supporting Ukraine for 20 years. Do please consider giving to the CMMS, Aid to The Church in need, or, if you wish, we can tell you how to give directly to Fr Marcin.

Dr Dermot Kearney has won his case regarding abortion pill reversal

Some of you may have been following the case of our former CMA President, Dr Dermot Kearney, with Christian Concern who came under scrutiny by the GMC for his work on Abortion Pill Reversal.

We are glad to share the good news that the GMC have dropped the case against him.

You can read more here

Catholic Medical Association Youth Branch

The CMA has a Youth Branch which is aimed at healthcare professionals aged between 18-40ish...students and junior healthcare workers. To find out more information, please visit their Facebook Page:

They also have a You tube channel where you can find links to talks given at past CMA Youth Branch events:

You can also request to be added to the mailing list for the Youth Branch. Go via their facebook page.

Upcoming GMC Good Medical Practice Review – how to get involved

The GMC will be launching a Good Medical Practice Review to explore what changes the GMC need to make to the guidance, to make sure it is fit for future practice. This is an opportunity for Catholic doctors to ensure that the guidance takes into consideration the Equality and Diversity needs of people of faith.
“The review of the guidance will include seeing if we can do more to address the inequalities and systematic issues that exist in medicine. This will help to create more inclusive supportive environ-ments for all.”

“This year, we will be launching our consultation on the review of Good Medical Practice, which I hope will open up important discussions about our professional behaviours and the way we interact with colleagues and care for our patients.

Equality, diversity and inclusion in healthcare are top priorities in all our work - and conversations about inclusive behaviours, cultures and work-places will be crucial to that wider Good Medical Practice consultation. I hope that you will take this notable opportunity to get involved, as we require as broad an input as possible to help shape profes-sional and ethical standards for the years ahead. This provides an excellent opportunity for every doctor to influence the issues that are most fundamental to our practice.”

To join the community of interest, you can visit Good Medical Practice review - GMC ( If you feel able to support the CMAs response to proposals, please tell us.