Bioethics

Thumbnail child cancer patient credit sumroeng chinnapan shutterstock cna A bioethicist's take on child cancer treatment that uses gene therapy

A genetic modification therapy designed for treating pediatric leukemia has drawn both praise and caution from a Catholic bioethicist, after...

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Thumbnail pro life march washington A complex moral calculus

People who live in the real world know that, when it comes to issues of justice and ethics, we don’t all fit neatly into slots. This is especially...

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Thumbnail pets1 A higher standard than for cats and dogs

Sometimes people will point out: “We euthanize our pets when they suffer, and they are clearly creatures of God, so why can’t we euthanize a sick...

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Thumbnail euthanasia medical syringe credit sfam photo shutterstock cna Brothers of Charity euthanasia controversy could have far-reaching implications

Vatican officials have summoned to Rome the board of directors overseeing a group of Belgian Catholic hospitals. The group administers hospitals...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 231919336 Can I Donate My Body to Science?

Some people may wish to “donate their body to science” after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided...

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Thumbnail bionic eye iris pupil cc0 10 catholic news agency cna 4815 Can we delete death? Transhumanism's lofty goal meets a Catholic response

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – being able to “upload” our minds to computers to live on after we die, to freeze our bodies only...

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Thumbnail pope francis with carl a anderson supreme knight of the knights of columbus feb 16 2017 credit losservatore romano cna Carl Anderson among appointments to Pontifical Academy for Life

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2017 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of...

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Thumbnail hospital credit hxdbzxy shutterstock cna Catholic health care growth a benefit, not a threat, ethicist says

A research paper that depicts the growth of Catholic health care as a threat to reproductive health ignores the attraction of Catholic hospitals...

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Thumbnail dna credit liya graphics  shutterstock cna Catholics shouldn't totally reject human gene editing – but it still has ethical problems

Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent American guidelines for human gene modification have raised important ethical...

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Thumbnail white mass los angeles Conscience, compassion and health care

On Oct. 23, we celebrated our annual White Mass for those in the healing professions of medicine and health care at the Cathedral of Our Lady of...

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Austin, Texas, Jan 18, 2017 / 12:40 am (National Catholic Register).- When it came time for medical student Ashley Stone to apply to OB/GYN...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 462760342 Considering the Options for Infertile Couples

When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them. A...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 126340763 Cremains and Respect for the Human Body

In the famous story of David and Goliath, Goliath boasts to the young David that after he kills him, he will give his flesh “to the birds of the...

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Thumbnail crowds of 40000 at the march for life in rome on may 10 2015 credit martha calderon cna 5 10 15 Don't exploit death of Italian woman to push abortion, ethicist says

Catania, Italy, Oct 26, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The tragic death of a mother in Italy after late-term pregnancy complications and...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 627505454 Doping Athletes

The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes not only leads to serious challenges in maintaining a level playing field in...

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More than a decade ago, I had the opportunity to interview Peter Singer. Dr. Singer was then and continues to be the Ira W. DeCamp professor of...

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Thumbnail human embryo file photo credit firstbrook just click 100 via flickr cc by nc 20 cna 2 3 15 'Embryo jewelry' a sign we've taken the wrong path, IVF critic says

Sydney, Australia, May 5, 2017 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For one critic, a report that IVF-conceived embryos are being cremated and turned into...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 82183657 1 Embryos and the ‘14-day rule’

Arguments in favor of research on human embryos typically play off our unfamiliarity with the way that we ourselves once appeared and existed as...

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