Medical Ethics



The Moral Limits of Medical Research and Treatment Pope Pius XII

Dangers of Genetic Manipulation Pope John Paul II

Responses to questions proposed concerning uterine isolation and related matters Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, Fifth Edition United States Conference of Catholic Bishops



Bioethics, Culture and Collaboration Nicholas Tonti-Fillipini

Redefining Spirit Through the Body for the Healing and Flourishing of Trauma Survivors Paige Cargioli

Considering Synthia: What Is Synthetic Biology All About? Dr Murdo Macdonald

Morality of Patenting Living Organism Fr Sean McDonagh, SSC

Dignitas Personae: A New Vatican Document on Bioethics Dr David Jones

Levinas and Responsibility for the Other: A Practical Theological Analysis of Cases of Nancy Crick & Terri Schiavo Patrick McArdle

Forces of Death and the Promise of Life in Papua New Guinea Philip Gibbs SVD

Some Christian Perspectives on Health and Sickness Gerry O'Hanlon SJ

Dignitas Personae: a new Vatican document on bioethics Dr David Jones

A Pastoral Paradigm of Catholic Health Care Mark Shaw

An Ethical Look at Human-Animal Embryos Dr. David Albert Jones

When "Meats Are Like Medicines": Vitoria and Lessius on the Role of Food in the Duty to Preserve Life Julia Fleming

An Ethical Look at Human-Animal Embryos Dr David Jones

Medical Research Kevin Fitzgerald, SJ

Natality. A Theological Approach to an Anthropological Basic Concept in the Context of Bioethics UHJ Kortner

Medical Ethics Todd Salzman, Ph.D.

Towards a Theology of HIV/AIDS A van Wyngaard

Bioethics Lisa Sowle Cahill

Did John Paul II's Allocution on Life-Sustaining Treatments Revise Tradition? A Response to Thomas A. Shannon and James J. Walter Kenneth R. Himes, James F. Keenan and John J. Paris

A Reply to Professors Paris, Keenan, and Himes Thomas A. Shannon and James J. Walter

From Quinlan to Cruzan to Schiavo: What Have We Learned? William H. Colby

Terri Schiavo: Unsettling the Settled Lois Shepherd

Critical Essay: Musings on the Need to Convince Some People with Disabilities that End-of-Life Decision-Making Advocates Are Not Out to Get Them Kathy L. Cerminara

The Right to Die: The Broken Road from Quinlan to Schiavo Annette E. Clark

On Hastening Death Without Violating Legal and Moral Prohibitions Norman L. Cantor

The Shattered Vessel: The Dying Person in Jewish Law and Ethics Philip J. Bentley, DD

Begotten, Not Made Robert Spaemann

Kentucky's Advance Health Care Directives and Organ Donation: A Catholic Perspective Catholic bishops of Kentucky

Assisted Nutrition and Hydration and the Catholic Tradition: The Case of Terri Schiavo Thomas A. Shannon

Genetic Anomaly or Genetic Diversity: Thinking in the Key of Disability on the Human Genome Mary Jo Iozzio

Biotechnology and Morality: The Altered Nuclear Transfer Proposal, Part II
  • Altered Nuclear Transfer: A Critique of a Critique Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco
  • The Primacy of the Organism: Response to Nicanor Austriaco Adrian J. Walker
  • A Way Around the Cloning Objection Against ANT? A Brief Response to the Joint Statement on the Production of Pluripotent Stem Cells by Oocyte Assisted Reprogramming Adrian J. Walker
  • Veritatis Splendor and the Foundations of Bioethics: Notes Toward an Assessment of Altered Nuclear Transfer (ANT) and Embryonic (Pluripotent) Stem Cell Research David L. Schindler

    Biotechnology and Morality: The Altered Nuclear Transfer Proposal, Part V
  • ANT-OAR: Is Its Underlying Philosophy of Biology Sound? Jose Granados
  • Joint Statement on the OAR Proposal: A Response to Criticisms Stuart W. Swetland and William L. Saunders
  • ANT-OAR: A Morally Acceptable Means for Deriving Stem Cells. A Reply to Criticisms E. Christian Brugger
  • Reasonable Doubts. A Reply to E. Christian Brugger Adrian J. Walker
  • Who Are the Real Aristotelians? A Response to Edward J. Furton Adrian J. Walker
  • Agere sequitur esse: What Does It Mean? A Reply to Father Austriaco David L. Schindler

    Joint Statement on the Vegetative State World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and the Pontifical Academy for Life

    Final Communiqué on "The Dignity of Human Procreation and Reproductive Technologies: Anthropological and Ethical Aspects" Tenth General Assembly, Pontifical Academy for Life

    Beyond a Western Bioethics? Maura A. Ryan

    A Thomistic Foundation for Reform within Medicine Jason Eberl

    Stem Cell Technology and Other Innovative Therapies Proceedings of the Working Group, The Pontifical Academy of Sciences

    Concluding Communiqué on the "Ethics of Biomedical Research: For a Christian Vision" Ninth General Assembly, Pontifical Academy for Life

    Christian Doctrines, Ethical Issues, and Human Genetics Jack Mahoney

    Formation and Renewal in Medicine and Bioethics Mark Cherry

    Distinctively Catholic Healthcare Maureen Kramlich

    The Role of a Lawyer's Morals and Religion When Counseling Clients in Bioethics Joseph Allegretti

    Religious Contributions to the Bioethics Debate: Utilizing Legal Rights While Avoiding Scientific Temptations Steven Goldberg

    Toward Epistemic Justice: A Response to Professor Goldberg Dominic J. Balestra

    Protestant Perspectives on Informed Consent (Particularly in Research Involving Human Participants) James F. Childress

    The Physician's Conscience, Conscience Clauses, and Religious Belief: A Catholic Perspective Edmund D. Pellegrino

    Religious Teachings and Reflections on Advance Directive - Religious Values and Legal Dilemmas in Bioethics: An Islamic Perspective Faroque A. Khan

    Cloning Humans: Distorting the Image of God? Denis R Alexander

    Prospects for Xenotransplantation: Scientific Aspects and Ethical Considerations Pontifical Academy for Life

    Declaration on the Production and the Scientific and Therapeutic Use of the Human Embryonic Stem Cells Pontifical Academy for Life

    Ordinary and Extraordinary Treatments: When Does Quality of Life Count? Gilbert Meilaender

    Bioethics and the Spiritual Liz Hepburn

    Genetic Engineering in God's World Denis Alexander

    Reflections on Cloning Pontifical Academy for Life

    Buddhism and Medical Ethics: A Bibliographic Introduction James J. Hughes and Damien Keown

    Care of the Sick and Dying The bishops of Maryland

    Voluntary Health Risks: Who Should Pay? Claire Andre, Manuel Velasquez, and Tim Mazur

    Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Reflections Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Christian Social Ethics and Health Care Moni McIntyre

    Bioethical Decisions to End Life Lisa Sowle Cahill

    Aged-Based Health Care Rationing: Challenges for an Aging Society Claire Andre and Manuel Velasquez

    By Whose Authority? Emerging Issues in Medical Ethics Daniel P. Sulmasy

    Development of Church Teaching on Prolonging Life Kevin D. O'Rourke, O.P., J.C.D.

    The PVS Patient and the Forgoing/Withdrawing of Medical Nutrition and Hydration Thomas A. Shannon and James J. Walter

    Vatican Instruction on Reproductive Technology Edward V. Vacek

    A Vocation to Academic Medicine Edmond A. Murphy

    Causing Death and Allowing to Die David J. Atkinson

    Two-Step Fantastic: The Continuing Case of Brother Fox Paul Ramsey

    The Encyclopedia of Bioethics Daniel C. Maguire

    The Distinction between Killing and Allowing to Die Gilbert Meilaender

    Transplantation of Organs: A Comment on Paul Ramsey Richard A. McCormick

    Genetic Medicine: Notes on the Moral Literature Richard A. McCormick

    Some Recent Developments in Genetics Richard Roblin

    Epilepsy in Canon 984 and Modern Medical Therapy Thomas J. O'Donnell

    Definitive Pelvic Surgery: A Moral Evaluation Thomas J. O'Donnell

    Intravaginal Instruments: A Medico-Moral Evaluation Thomas J. O'Donnell

    Moral Principles of Anesthesia: A Re-evaluation Thomas J. O'Donnell

    The Morality of Mutilation: Towards a Revision of the Treatise Gerald Kelly

    Double Vasectomy and the Impediment of Impotence John C. Ford

    Pope Pius XII and the Principle of Totality Gerald Kelly

    Scientific Psychopathology and Religious Issues Gregory Zilboorg

    Moral Reflections on Psychiatric Abreaction Andre Snoeck

    The Physician's Duty to Preserve Life by Extraordinary Means John A. Goodwine

    The Duty to Preserve Life Gerald Kelly

    The Duty of Using Artificial Means of Preserving Life Gerald Kelly

    Reoperation after Double Vasectomy Catherine E. Clifford

    The Morality of Castration for Carcinoma of the Prostate John J. Clifford



    The National Catholic Bioethics Center

    The Anscombe Bioethics Centre

    Health Care Ministry in the Twenty First Century: A Meeting Ground for Technology and Human Dignity Cornelius J. van der Poel



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