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Catholic ethicists on HIV/AIDS prevention
Keenan, James F.
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New York : Continuum, [2000]

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351 pages ; 23 cm
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"An eye-opening demonstration of how Catholic moral theology works in the concrete...[Keenan shows that] the Catholic tradition of moral theology is robust, timely, supple, humane and, most of all, wise enough to make vital contributions to ongoing global discussions about the current state of the Body of Christ." -National Catholic Reporter

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This is the first book to engage Catholic ethicists from around the world in addressing a singular moral issue and the first time that theological questions about HIV/AIDS are addressed on a global level. Keenan (Christian ethics, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Massachusetts) believes that certain moral positions adopted by church personnel are at odds with some relatively effective HIV prevention measures favored by Catholic health workers involved in the pandemic. The contributors, 35 international moral theologians, address the claim that common Catholic moral tradition can help to mediate constructively the apparent clash of values occurring in these situations. The first part of the book presents 26 cases from around the world that highlight the complexity of HIV prevention and illustrate the relevance of local issues and concerns. The second part presents seven essays that address transglobally the fundamental moral issues that theologians recognize in HIV prevention. Keenan recognizes that addressing effective HIV prevention is not simply finding good arguments for HIV prevention, but rather confronting the social problems that inhibit HIV prevention measures. He hopes that this collection will prompt people to address their local needs by applying the long-held beliefs shared by all. Graduate students; professionals. J. M. Howe; AIDS Information Center, VA Headquarters (DC)