We are at War Between the Culture of Life and Death

SEATTLE — “Pope John Paul II was right, we are at war between the culture of life and the culture death,” said Dr. José-Maria Simon, President of the World Federation of the Catholic Medical Association. Dr. Simon is waging that war from Barcelona, Spain. He called upon fellow physicians at 79th annual conference of the Catholic Medical Association in Seattle, “to hold fast onto their faith in this battle of ideologies.”

After three days of intense theological, philosophical and ethical questions, Dr. Simon said the casualties of this great culture and spiritual war, “are against the unborn and born alike.” He added that it is being waged in the mass media, in newspapers, at home in front of the television, in school curriculums and added that, “it is a worldwide struggle that we will win with the help of God.”

As Catholic physicians left Seattle to go home to their practices, while there was a sense of hope, their tasks seem daunting as mainstream society moves farther away from traditional Catholic values. We see it here in the United States and that same darkness has fallen across Europe where Dr. Jose-Maria Simon practices medicine. With a practice in Bracelona, Spain, I talked to him about what it was like for him for Integrated Catholic Life…

Listen to Mark Armstrong’s interview of Dr. Simon…

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Mark Armstrong

Mark Armstrong is married to Patti. Patti is the more famous Catholic author with best-selling books and a contributing correspondent to both the National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor.

Married for 36 years, the couple have ten children and three grandkids so far (with three more due in 2018!).  Mark travels and presents a PowerPoint presentation to retreats, church events, schools and conferences on Our Lady of Guadalupe with a replica image blessed by Saint John Paul II. His writings on Our Lady of Guadalupe are also online here.

Mark and family members also toured Italy in 2010 and again in 2015, including several days during the public venerations of the Shroud of Turin. Mark also writes articles on The Shroud and has an amazing PowerPoint presentation on the Shroud of Turin believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

He also co-authored the best-selling Catholic book,  Amazing Grace for Fathers.

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