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, 1993

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, Fifth Edition United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, June 2009



Bioethics, Culture and Collaboration By Nicholas Tonti-Fillipini in Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics, 2012

Redefining Spirit Through the Body for the Healing and Flourishing of Trauma Survivors By Paige Cargioli in Lumen et Vita, the graduate academic journal of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, 2011

Considering Synthia: What Is Synthetic Biology All About? By Dr Murdo Macdonald in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the English Jesuits, May 2010

Morality of Patenting Living Organism By Fr Sean McDonagh, SSC, June 2009

Dignitas Personae: A New Vatican Document on Bioethics By Dr David Jones in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the English Jesuits, January 2009

Levinas and Responsibility for the Other: A Practical Theological Analysis of Cases of Nancy Crick & Terri Schiavo By Patrick McArdle in Australian EJournal of Theology, March 2009

Forces of Death and the Promise of Life in Papua New Guinea By Philip Gibbs SVD in Australian EJournal of Theology, August 2009

Some Christian Perspectives on Health and Sickness By Gerry O'Hanlon SJ in Working Notes of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, May 2009

Dignitas Personae: a new Vatican document on bioethics By Dr David Jones in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the British Jesuits, January 2009

A Pastoral Paradigm of Catholic Health Care By Mark Shaw in Australian EJournal of Theology, July 2008

An Ethical Look at Human-Animal Embryos By Dr. David Albert Jones in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the English Jesuits, May 2008

Human Dignity or Freedom of Research? An Ethical Debate on the Embryonic Stem Cell Research By J. Charles Davis, Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt, Germany, in Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies, 2008

When "Meats Are Like Medicines": Vitoria and Lessius on the Role of Food in the Duty to Preserve Life By Julia Fleming in Theological Studies, March 2008

An Ethical Look at Human-Animal Embryos By Dr David Jones in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the British Jesuits, May 2008

Medical Research Podcast of presentation by Kevin Fitzgerald, SJ, 2008

Lift High the Cross? Catholic Health Care in a Global World: AIDS, Condoms, and Radical Hope By Mandy Reimer at “The Family: Searching for Fairest Love Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2008

Natality. A Theological Approach to an Anthropological Basic Concept in the Context of Bioethics By UHJ Kortner in Verbum et Ecclesia, 2007

SSM Health Care: The Integration of Catholic Social Thought Values in a Modern Health Care System By Sister Melanie DiPietro, S.C. and Alison Sulentic in Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, 2007

Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning: Questions and Answers By The Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference, in Catholic Update, 2007

Medical Ethics Podcast of presentation by Todd Salzman, Ph.D., 2007

Towards a Theology of HIV/AIDS By A van Wyngaard in Verbum et Ecclesia, 2006

Bioethics By Lisa Sowle Cahill in Theological Studies, March 2006

Did John Paul II's Allocution on Life-Sustaining Treatments Revise Tradition? A Response to Thomas A. Shannon and James J. Walter By Kenneth R. Himes, James F. Keenan and John J. Paris in Theological Studies, March 2006

A Reply to Professors Paris, Keenan, and Himes By Thomas A. Shannon and James J. Walter in Theological Studies, March 2006

Discipleship and Health Care Allen Verhey, Proceedings of the Theology Institute, 2006

From Quinlan to Cruzan to Schiavo: What Have We Learned? By William H. Colby in Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 2006

Terri Schiavo: Unsettling the Settled By Lois Shepherd in Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 2006

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 By Kathy L. Cerminara in Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 2006

The Right to Die: The Broken Road from Quinlan to Schiavo By Annette E. Clark in Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 2006

On Hastening Death Without Violating Legal and Moral Prohibitions By Norman L. Cantor in Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 2006

The Shattered Vessel: The Dying Person in Jewish Law and Ethics By Philip J. Bentley, DD in Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 2006

Begotten, Not Made By Robert Spaemann in Communio: International Catholic Review, Summer 2006

Kentucky's Advance Health Care Directives and Organ Donation: A Catholic Perspective Catholic bishops of Kentucky, September 2005

A Jewish Guide to the Moral Maze of Hi-Tech Medicine By Mark Washofsky in Reform Judaism Online, Fall 2005

From Mutilation to Donation: The Evolution of Catholic Moral Theology regarding Organ Transplantation Excerpts of a lecture by Albert R. Jonsen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Ethics in Medicine, University of Washington. Delivered for the Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, March 2005

Thomas A. Shannon, Assisted Nutrition and Hydration and the Catholic Tradition: The Case of Terri Schiavo By in Theological Studies, September 2005

Genetic Anomaly or Genetic Diversity: Thinking in the Key of Disability on the Human Genome By Mary Jo Iozzio in Theological Studies, December 2005

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MORALITY: The Altered Nuclear Transfer Proposal, Part II. Communio: International Catholic Review, Spring 2005
  • Altered Nuclear Transfer: A Critique of a Critique By Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco
  • The Primacy of the Organism: Response to Nicanor Austriaco By 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 By 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 By David L. Schindler

    BIOTECHNOLOGY and MORALITY: The Altered Nuclear Transfer Proposal, Part V. Communio: International Catholic Review, Winter 2005
  • ANT-OAR: Is Its Underlying Philosophy of Biology Sound? By Jose Granados
  • Joint Statement on the OAR Proposal: A Response to Criticisms By Stuart W. Swetland and William L. Saunders
  • ANT-OAR: A Morally Acceptable Means for Deriving Stem Cells. A Reply to Criticisms By E. Christian Brugger
  • Reasonable Doubts. A Reply to E. Christian Brugger By Adrian J. Walker
  • Who Are the Real Aristotelians? A Response to Edward J. Furton By Adrian J. Walker
  • Agere sequitur esse: What Does It Mean? A Reply to Father Austriaco By David L. Schindler

    Joint Statement on the Vegetative State By the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and the Pontifical Academy for Life, March 2004

    Final Communiqué on "The Dignity of Human Procreation and Reproductive Technologies: Anthropological and Ethical Aspects" Tenth General Assembly, Pontifical Academy for Life, February 2004

    Beyond a Western Bioethics? By Maura A. Ryan in Theological Studies, March 2004

    2004A Thomistic Foundation for Reform within Medicine By Jason Eberl, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2004

    Stem Cell Technology and Other Innovative Therapies Proceedings of the Working Group, The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, November 2003

    Concluding Communiqué on the "Ethics of Biomedical Research: For a Christian Vision" Ninth General Assembly, Pontifical Academy for Life, February 2003

    Neo-Thomism, Medical Ethics, and Natural Law: A Comparison Between Aquinas and Some Manualists By Matthew Lomanno, University of St. Thomas, Houston, at the “Formation and Renewal Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2003

    Christian Doctrines, Ethical Issues, and Human Genetics By Jack Mahoney in Theological Studies, December 2003

    Formation and Renewal in Medicine and Bioethics By Mark Cherry, St. Edward's University, 2003

    Stem-Cell Research: How Catholic Ethics Guide Us By Thomas A. Shannon in Catholic Update, 2002

    Distinctively Catholic Healthcare By Maureen Kramlich, Public Policy Analyst with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Death to Life Conference in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2002

    The Role of a Lawyer's Morals and Religion When Counseling Clients in Bioethics By Joseph Allegretti in Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2002

    Religious Contributions to the Bioethics Debate: Utilizing Legal Rights While Avoiding Scientific Temptations By Steven Goldberg in Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2002

    Toward Epistemic Justice: A Response to Professor Goldberg By Dominic J. Balestra in Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2002

    Protestant Perspectives on Informed Consent (Particularly in Research Involving Human Participants) By James F. Childress in Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2002

    The Physician's Conscience, Conscience Clauses, and Religious Belief: A Catholic Perspective By Edmund D. Pellegrino in Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2002

    Religious Teachings and Reflections on Advance Directive - Religious Values and Legal Dilemmas in Bioethics: An Islamic Perspective By Faroque A. Khan in Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2002

    Issues in Islamic Biomedical Ethics: A Primer for the Pediatrician By Kamyar M. Hedayat in Pediatrics, 2001

    Scientific discoveries must be examined in the light of faith By Bishop Thomas L. Dupré, Bishop of Springfield, 2001

    Cloning Humans: Distorting the Image of God? By Denis R Alexander in Cambridge Papers, June 2001

    Prospects for Xenotransplantation: Scientific Aspects and Ethical Considerations Pontifical Academy for Life, September 2001

    Declaration on the Production and the Scientific and Therapeutic Use of the Human Embryonic Stem Cells Pontifical Academy for Life, August 24, 2000

    Ordinary and Extraordinary Treatments: When Does Quality of Life Count? By Gilbert Meilaender in Theological Studies, September 1997

    Bioethics and the Spiritual By Liz Hepburn in The Way, 1997

    Genetic Engineering in God's World By Denis Alexander in Cambridge Papers, June 1997

    Reflections on Cloning Pontifical Academy for Life, 1997

    Buddhism and Medical Ethics: A Bibliographic Introduction By James J. Hughes and Damien Keown in Buddhist Journal of Ethics, 1995

    Care of the Sick and Dying 1993 pastoral letter from the bishops of Maryland

    Voluntary Health Risks: Who Should Pay? By Claire Andre, Manuel Velasquez, and Tim Mazur in Issues in Ethics, Fall 1993

    Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Reflections Issued by the Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on April 1992

    Christian Social Ethics and Health Care By Moni McIntyre in The Way, 1992

    Bioethical Decisions to End Life By Lisa Sowle Cahill in Theological Studies, March 1991

    Issues in Ethics, Vol.3, No.3, Summer 1990 Articles: "Aged-Based Health Care Rationing: Challenges for an Aging Society." "AIDS, Privacy & the Community: The Ethics of Mandatory AIDS Testing and Disclosure." "System Overload: Pondering the ethics of America's health care system." IE is a publication of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

    By Whose Authority? Emerging Issues in Medical Ethics By Daniel P. Sulmasy in Theological Studies, March 1989

    Development of Church Teaching on Prolonging Life By Kevin D. O'Rourke, O.P., J.C.D., 1988

    The PVS Patient and the Forgoing/Withdrawing of Medical Nutrition and Hydration By Thomas A. Shannon and James J. Walter in Theological Studies, December 1988

    Vatican Instruction on Reproductive Technology By Edward V. Vacek in Theological Studies, March 1988

    A Vocation to Academic Medicine By Edmond A. Murphy in The Way, 1987

    Causing Death and Allowing to Die By David J. Atkinson, Chaplain of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in Tyndale Bulletin, 1983

    Two-Step Fantastic: The Continuing Case of Brother Fox By Paul Ramsey in Theological Studies, March 1981

    The Encyclopedia of Bioethics By Daniel C. Maguire in Theological Studies, December 1980

    The Distinction between Killing and Allowing to Die By Gilbert Meilaender in Theological Studies, September 1976

    Transplantation of Organs: A Comment on Paul Ramsey By Richard A. McCormick in Theological Studies, September 1975

    Genetic Medicine: Notes on the Moral Literature By Richard A. McCormick in Theological Studies, September 1972

    Some Recent Developments in Genetics By Richard Roblin in Theological Studies, September 1972

    Epilepsy in Canon 984 and Modern Medical Therapy By Thomas J. O'Donnell in Theological Studies, June 1961

    Definitive Pelvic Surgery: A Moral Evaluation By Thomas J. O'Donnell in Theological Studies, December 1961

    Intravaginal Instruments: A Medico-Moral Evaluation By Thomas J. O'Donnell in Theological Studies, September 1960

    Moral Principles of Anesthesia: A Re-evaluation By Thomas J. O'Donnell in Theological Studies, December 1960

    The Morality of Mutilation: Towards a Revision of the Treatise By Gerald Kelly in Theological Studies, September 1956

    Double Vasectomy and the Impediment of Impotence By John C. Ford in Theological Studies, September 1955

    Pope Pius XII and the Principle of Totality By Gerald Kelly in Theological Studies, September 1955

    Scientific Psychopathology and Religious Issues By Gregory Zilboorg in Theological Studies, June 1953

    Moral Reflections on Psychiatric Abreaction By Andre Snoeck in Theological Studies, June 1952

    The Physician's Duty to Preserve Life by Extraordinary Means By John A. Goodwine in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1952

    The Duty to Preserve Life By Gerald Kelly in Theological Studies, December 1951

    The Duty of Using Artificial Means of Preserving Life By Gerald Kelly in Theological Studies, June 1950

    Reoperation after Double Vasectomy By Catherine E. Clifford in Theological Studies, September 1946

    The Morality of Castration for Carcinoma of the Prostate By John J. Clifford in Theological Studies, December 1944



    Health Care Ethics A compilation of links prepared and rated by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

    Catholic Educator's Resourc: Medical Ethics Articles on different topics relating to medical ethics

    The National Catholic Bioethics Center The Mission of The National Catholic Bioethics Center is to promote and safeguard the dignity of the human person through research, education, consultation, and publishing in the health and life sciences for private individuals, bishops, priests, physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and those who shape law and public policy

    The Linacre Centre The Linacre Centre exists to help Catholics understand the Church's position on many contentious questions in medical ethics. It is the only Catholic centre for bioethics in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and its Trustees are the Roman Catholic Archbishops of England and Wales

    Health Care Ministry in the Twenty First Century: A Meeting Ground for Technology and Human Dignity Cornelius J. van der Poel, Holy Ghost Father, founder and former director of the pastoral ministry programs at Duquesne University and Barry University. Click on item in index

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