Saying no to selfishness triumph and rejecting the culture of waste, which “despises people who do not meet given health, beauty, and usefulness canons”. What it means, instead, is fully embracing the idea of a doctor who is like the “Good Samaritan”, “like Jesus” who does not pass by a person derelict to the edge of the road, but moved to compassion, offers cure and assistance’. This is what Pope Francis said in the Clementine Hall, where he gave audience to the executives of Spanish and Latin American medical orders.
“In our technological and individualistic culture, compassion is not always appreciated”. Quite the opposite, “there are people who hide behind so-called compassion to justify and approve the death of someone who is ill – the Pontiff – The identity and the work of the doctor are not based only on his knowledge and expertise, but above all, on his compassionate and merciful attitude towards those who suffer both body and spirit.”
The Pontiff, who spoke in Spanish, has also remarked that “compassion is the very soul of medicine: it is not a sin, it is ‘suffering together with someone'”. “Genuine compassion – he observed – does not marginalize, it does not humiliate, it does not exclude a person nor considers his disappearance as a positive event.”
According to the Pope, compassion is “the appropriate response to the immense value of the ill person”, hence we need “not to give in to the temptation of applying functionalist rapid and drastic solutions, under the guidance of false compassion or by a criterion of pure efficiency and cost savings.”