PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Timothy Broglio, head of the Archdiocese for Military Services, called on Catholic medical professionals last month to uphold their commitment to “the healing of our culture.”

Archbishop Broglio, son of a physician, spoke to a packed congregation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in a homily during the concluding Mass of the Catholic Medical Association’s 84th annual education conference. More than 500 physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals, along with some military personnel, attended the Oct. 1-3 conference, which came on the heels of Pope Francis’s visit.

“The violence so prevalent in our society finds its roots in the failure to honor and reverence life from conception until natural death,” Archbishop Broglio said. “If we can arbitrarily end life at some point in the natural cycle, how do we teach the sacredness of life to an unbalanced gunman in Oregon or the perpetrator of violent crimes somewhere else?”

The archbishop spoke about marriage as related to healing the wounded culture. “From a spiritual viewpoint, that healing takes place through sound commitment, an understanding of sacrifice, and the example of children,” he said, noting the link between the Catholic Medical Association gathering and the World Meeting of Families.