Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life

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Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, Jan 1, 2000 - Religion - 340 pages
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"Human life, God's precious gift, is most vulnerable when it comes into the world and when it leaves the realm of time to embark upon eternity".

Never has the gift of human life been more threatened. Euthanasia, in vitro fertilization, genetic counseling, assisted suicide, "living wills", persistent vegetative state, organ transplants...modern science has brought complex bioethical decisions about life into every Catholic household.

Now, Professor William E. May fearlessly tackles these hot-topic issues, examining them in light of papal encyclicals, statements from the United States Bishops, and probing analyses from leading orthodox theologians. In doing so, he offers all Catholics the profound gift of sound guidelines for making moral judgements and ethical choices in a multi-faceted and complex world.

 

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Contents

Foreword by the Most Reverend William E Lori
13
CHURCH TEACHING AND MAJOR ISSUES
19
MAKING TRUE MORAL JUDGMENTS
47
MARRIAGE
65
CONTRACEPTION AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN
119
Preventing Conception When in Danger of Rape
140
ABORTION AND HUMAN LIFE 151
151
EXPERIMENTATION ON HUMAN SUBJECTS
199
EUTHANASIA ASSISTED SUICIDE AND CARE
235
DEFINING DEATH AND ORGAN
283
A Suggested Protocol for Organ Transplants From
299
Retrieving Organs From Persons
305
Bibliography and Resources
317
Index
323
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Internationally-known theologian William E. May is the winner of the Paul Ramsey award for outstanding contributions to bioethics from the Center for Bioethics and Culture. He is the Michael J. McGivney Professor of Moral Theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, co-author of Catholic Sexual Ethics, Second Edition, and author of An Introduction to Moral Theology.

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