Virtues in the Ethics of Life

In Rome, numerous scientists, doctors and ethicists were called together by the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Every year they gather for their general assembly to promote a Culture for Life.
This year’s topic was: “Virtues in the Ethics of Life”.

More info on the Academy’s website

Catholic Health Care Ethics: A Manual for Practitioners

ECM_CoverThis landmark publication is in its second edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect recent developments in magisterial teaching and scientific research. More than thirty authors, who are experts in their fields, examine moral action theory, key ethical principles, ethics committees, the embryo and fetus, contraception, reproductive technologies, difficult pregnancies, rape protocols, the determination of death, palliative care, nutrition and hydration, the persistent vegetative state, do-not-resuscitate orders, health care proxies, organ donation, vaccination refusals, genetic medicine, human experimentation, religious freedom, triage, cooperation with evil, state mandates, organizational ethics, and other topics. Catholic Health Care Ethics is an ideal resource for classroom use in colleges and universities, as well as in nursing schools and by ethics committees in hospitals and other health care facilities.

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Bioethics and natural law: an interview with John Keown

Ethics049webIVBioethics discourse is often divided into two broad categories: utilitarian perspectives and so-called deontological or Kantian approaches to ethics. An alternative viewpoint that receives far less attention is a natural law perspective on ethics and medicine. The natural law approach emphasizes interests or ends common to all members of humanity, and offers a teleological account of morality and human flourishing.

Professor John Keown of Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute for Ethics recently co-authored a book on natural law with the late Georgetown Professor Alfonso Gómez-Lobo. The book is entitled Bioethics and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Bioethics. The Deputy Editor of BioEdge, Xavier Symons, interviewed Professor Keown about his latest work. 

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The Personalism of St. John Paul II

Since Pope St. John Paul II died in 2005, his rich philosophical legacy has not received the attention it deserves. In the 2015 Fifth Annual Summer Seminar, the Hildebrand Project  commemorated the significant tenth anniversary by giving special attention to his seminal personalism. The Seminar did so by setting him in dialogue with Dietrich von Hildebrand, another eminent Christian personalist. In this video John F. Crosby’s contribution on the personalism of John Paul II: “The Struggle for the Person”. What is the difference between someone en something? How does this relate to Aquinas objectivism and to modern subjectivism? What does this mean for – among others – for the sick?

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‘Amoris Laetitia’ on the Transmission of Life


§ 80. Marriage is firstly an “intimate partnership of life and love” which is a good for the spouses themselves, while sexuality is “ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman”. It follows that “spouses to whom God has not granted children can have a conjugal life full of meaning, in both human and Christian terms”. Nonetheless, the conjugal union is ordered to procreation “by its very nature”. The child who is born “does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs from the very heart of that mutual giving, as its fruit and fulfilment”. He or she does not appear at the end of a process, but is present from the beginning of love as an essential feature, one that cannot be denied without disfiguring that love itself. From the outset, love refuses every impulse to close in on itself; it is open to a fruitfulness that draws it beyond itself. Hence no genital act of husband and wife can refuse this meaning, even when for various reasons it may not always in fact beget a new life.

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Bishop Anthony Fisher on many of the important moral and bio-ethical issues of our time

Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, was Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Australia and served as Coordinator of Sydney\’s World Youth Day 2008. He is now Ordinary of the Diocese of Parramatta in Australia. Bishop Fisher received a doctorate in bioethics from the University of Oxford in 1995 and became the founding Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica who interviews Bishop Fisher on the scientific dilemmas around stem cells and many of the important moral and bio-ethical issues of our time.

Source: Salt and Light