I just came across this smug and self-congratulatory article on the Sydney Archdiocese’s website:
When 106 students from the University of Notre Dame (UND) in Sydney are awarded their degree as Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery next month they will also make history as the first-ever graduates from Australia’s newest medical school.
For the Sydney campus of UND which was established just four years ago, the graduation of the young men and women as fully fledged doctors is an important milestone.
“Those graduating this year are fantastic people and are going to be wonderful doctors,” predicts the Dean of UND’s Sydney Medical School, Professor Christine Bennett. “They are involved and interested in global health and social justice issues and with their diligence and respect they have shown for the health services during their training, they are standouts both as medical professionals and as human beings.”
So what’s going on is that the Catholic Notre Dame University has, on its Sydney campus, introduced a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery(MBBS) course, and the first lot of trainees are about to graduate.
Medicine, a Greek invention, usurped by the anti-science anti-human Catholic mob. Inquisition and burning at the stake as rewards for those daring to propose new knowledge and making scientific advancements. A fine academic tradition indeed.
So, what’s a MBBS course at a Catholic University like ? Well, first up, you have to realise that Catholic Universities operate within restrictions set by the Church, such as Pope JP II’s “APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF JOHN PAUL II ON CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES”:
13. Since the objective of a Catholic University is to assure in an institutional manner a Christian presence in the university world confronting the great problems of society and culture(16), every Catholic University, as Catholic, must have the following essential characteristics:
“1. a Christian inspiration not only of individuals but of the university community as such;
2. a continuing reflection in the light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research;
3. fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the Church;
4. an institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life”(17).
Translation: Your ass is ours, and we will feed you our dogma and make sure you come out of our institution full of Catholic “inspiration”. I’d hate to think how those 106 godbots graduating from Notre Dame might have been “educated” in matters of female reproductive rights, contraception, abortion, IVF, or euthanasia/patient autonomy, to name a few. Because sure as hell, any of Notre Dame’s Uni courses consists of a “Core Curriculum“:
All undergraduate students at The University of Notre Dame Australia are required to complete three core units. These three units: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Introduction to Theology constitute the Core Curriculum. These units combine together to provide students with basic skills in critical analysis, ethical thought and Catholic theologising in an academic context which brings the substance and values of the Catholic faith to the fore and into open and creative engagement with the deeper questions of individual and social life.
Oh, those famous Catholic Ethics. What’s included in the curriculum I wonder, a field trip to a Spanish orphanage to meet some stolen children? A child fucking workshop in Ireland? Visiting an AIDS clinic in Africa? Watching a season of “16 and pregnant” on MTV?
I pity those students. What a gargantuan waste of money, to be studying what should and could be a profession where true human ethics, true compassion and true scientific skills can go so far in making a difference for our patients, in such a sad excuse for an academic institution, that is based on the non-values and non-ethics of a mob of superstitious geronts in robes, who have done their utmost for centuries to stifle scientific progress, and to replace real humanist ethics with their dogma of original sin and human suffering in the name of their non-existent celestial dictator.
Catholic dogma is not going to produce competent doctors. Procedurally and theoretically skilled doctors, maybe. But the whole idea of medical training taking place at a Catholic institution is anathema to the concept of what Medicine should be about. Good doctors are good because they have their patient’s best interest in mind, without having to take into consideration whether their actions will please or irate a supernatural deity or the Pope.