Mark Christopher James Craddock, 75, will not be practicing medical any more in Australia after he prescribed chemical castration for an eighteen-year-old patient as a cure for his homosexual inclinations. Both Craddock and the teen were members of the Exclusive Brethren Christian sect.
It reportedly only took a ten-minute consultation in his home for Craddock to write the script for anti-androgen therapy cyproterone acetate (Cyprostat). The boy had come out as gay and a church leader informed him that “there’s medication you can go on.” He was sent to Craddock. Craddock did not look at the teen’s medical history, conduct a physical examination or order any follow up appointment. The drug regimen can cause serious bodily harm if used incorrectly.
The sect that the doctor belongs to states a rather idiosyncratic relationship with the government:
Exclusive Brethren believe in Government and are subject to it as outlined by Paul in Romans 13:1. They do not live in countries that do not have a Christian Government. Their approach is non-political. They do not vote , but hold Government in the highest respect as God’s ministers , used by Him to restrain evil and provide conditions for the promotion of the glad tidings. Exclusive Brethren hold formal prayer meetings every week and include prayers for the support and guidance of right Government which is clearly of God , and also for divine resistance to the devil’s efforts to influence it. Contact with members of parliament or congress is encouraged to express a moral viewpoint of legislation in relation to the rights of God and this ongoing communication is found to be acceptable and productive.