Bioethics Podcast of the American National Catholic Bioethics Center

The American NCBC brings you thoughtful, in-depth commentary on ethics at the crossroads of science, medicine, and daily life.

Recent episodes:

  • Episode 27: Ethical and Religious Directives Part 3: Witness in in Catholic Health Care – John Brehany, Ph.D.
  • Episode 26: Ethical and Religious Directives Part 2: Revisions to Part Six – John Brehany, Ph.D.
  • Episode 25: Ethical and Religious Directives Part 1: Overview – John Brehany, Ph.D.
  • Episode 24: Growing Acceptance of Assisted Suicide Part 2 – Kris Correira
  • Episode 23: Growing Acceptance of Assisted Suicide Part 1 – Kris Correira
  • Episode 22: Organ Procurement and Allocation – Barry Massa
  • Episode 21: Catholic Identity in Health Care Education – Dr. Anthony Aretz

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Question on the liceity of a hysterectomy in certain cases


Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Response to a question on the liceity of a hysterectomy in certain cases

On July 31, 1993, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith published Responses to Questions Proposed Concerning “Uterine Isolation” and Related Matters. These responses, which retain all of their validity, consider the removal of the uterus to be morally licit when there is a grave and present danger to the life or health of the mother, and hold as illicit, insofar as they are methods of direct sterilization, the removal of the uterus and tubal ligation (uterine isolation) with the intention of making impossible an eventual pregnancy which can pose some risk for the mother.

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“Fides et Ratio” – 20 years – Premonitory Encyclical.

On September 14th, the Church celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the encyclical “Fides and Ratio” of Saint John Paul II.

St. John Paul II invites all men, mainly women and men of thought, to the audacious and rigorous exercise of the constitutive reason of their being, beyond their differences; in order to reach the truth.

He insists on the nobility and the decisive importance of what he indifferently calls “reason”, “philosophical reason”, “right reason”, or “philosophical-religious reason” common to all human beings.

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Reflections on the human being in the face of techno-science domination

Prof. Dr. Bernard Ars, M.D., Ph.D.. FIAMC/ESPHIN

1. Societal facts and definitions

Society is changing. It is not a time of change, these are actually changing times.

Techno-sciences are pervading all fields, including medicine, and are particularly affecting three main medical approaches: chemical and digital interventions on brain functions, genome modifications, as well as the use of robots.

If techno-scientific progress is to be encouraged, domination must be regulated. It in fact induces the transhumanist ideology whose challenging character lies in the anthropological rupture that it entails.

But what is this ‘transhumanism’?

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