Catholic Medical Association

Basic information

  • Name: Catholic Medical Association (CMA)
  • Location: United States
  • Description: Far-right Catholic medical group; opposes abortion, contraception, marriage equality, and gender-affirming care; known for anti-gay and anti-trans activities, endorsement of conversion practices, anti-LGBTQ expert witnesses, and involvement in anti-trans policy development
  • Membership: Approximately 2,500 doctors and healthcare providers (per Dickerson declaration, 2021-11-04) and 154 local guilds and student chapters (list of guilds, list of student chapters)
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Selected works




  • April: Update to “Homosexuality and Hope”
  • February 18: CMA files amicus brief in Lawrence v. Texas with Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and Texas Physicians Resource Council, supporting Texas’ statute criminalizing gay sex:
    • “The issue under rational-basis review is not whether Texas should be concerned about opposite-sex sodomy, but whether it is reasonable to believe that same-sex sodomy is a distinct public health problem. It clearly is.”



  • Spring: Spring 2013 newsletter
    • “CMA member Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D. was quoted in a Free Republic article in January 2013, regarding educational and activist efforts to promote transgenderism and sex reassignment surgery for children. He points out the connection between Gender Identity Disorder and the development of same-sex attraction later in life. Dr. Fitzgibbons is a principal contributor to CMA’s study Homosexuality and Hope.”


  • August 19: CMA “Statement on Emergency Contraception in Cases of Rape” opposing any use of Plan B to prevent pregnancy after sexual assault:
    • To administer these contraceptives is to choose evil to achieve a good end. … So if conception does result from a rape, the truly compassionate response is to walk with the woman through the resultant pregnancy, supporting her in the physical and emotional challenges that she faces. In such a difficult situation, her traumatic circumstances may turn into a life-giving and healing experience if she is enfolded in love and care. Authentic health care is only health care if it adheres to these principles.



  • February 18: President of CMA cosigns letter to Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert J. Carlson, against gender-affirming care (with American College of Pediatricians, Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and American Association of Physicians and Surgeons)
  • March 29: CMA and others join Religious Sisters of Mercy v. Azar (“Amended Verified Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief”, ECF no. 44) against section 1557 requirement to provide and cover abortion and gender-affirming care
  • May: CMA’s president cosigns letter “ACPeds, AAPS, CMDA and CMA Support Minors’ Right to Therapy”


  • “The Holy Alliance”; chapter “Gender Dysphoria in Children” at pp. 43-47
  • August 13: Cosigned comment with NCBC to Department of Health and Human Services against section 1557 nondiscrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity





Significant local guilds and student chapters

Orlando Diocese, “CMA students make a difference in NFP education and more” (2019-07-25):

While the world strives to go green, millions of women are still polluting their bodies with contraceptive chemicals. Catholic medical students at the University of Central Florida (UCF) hope to change that with education and awareness.

The Catholic Medical Association’s student chapter at UCF began with three medical students just three years ago. Kaitlyn Hite, Jais Emmanuel and Michael Mankbadi would gather to support each other in the faith. After participating in Mass at Nemours Children Hospital, a mutual friend connected them to the Catholic Medical Association Orlando Guild. Enter Dr. Peter Morrow, who was president that year. The introduction was a God moment. Morrow and friend, Dr. Patrick Hunter, had both been praying for the opportunity to establish a student guild at the university. In fact, the entire CMA Orlando guild was praying. About the same time, Dr. Colleen Moran-Banos, a professor at UCF medical school, also reached out to Morrow.

Notable members

  • Michelle Cretella
  • Paul Hruz
  • Patrick Hunter
  • Patrack Lappert
  • Quentin Van Meter
  • Joseph Zanga

Additional resources

Atomic Gender is a comprehensive analysis of the reality of gender identity, the world-changing power of the transgender community, and the impact of gender identity denialists worldwide.

Atomic Gender is an evolution of Gender Analysis. Zinnia Jones is a trans woman researcher and community advocate living in central Florida.

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