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Title:
Medical ethics : sources of Catholic teachings
Author:
O'Rourke, Kevin D.
Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvii, 442 pages ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780878407224
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Book

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This third edition has been updated to incorporate the statements issued since the second edition, including the papal encyclicals Splendor Veritatis and Evangelium Vitae.


Author Notes

Kevin D. O'Rourke, O.P., is professor of ethics in the Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, where he also served as director of the university's Center of Health Care Ethics. Philip Boyle is senior vice president and editor-in-chief of the Park Ridge Center, Chicago, Illinois.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Part I Understanding Church Teachingp. 1
1 The Values Underlying the Teachings of the Catholic Church in Regard to Medical Ethicsp. 3
Introductionp. 3
The Christian View of Personp. 4
Moral Normsp. 4
Needs and Goodsp. 5
Natural and Cultural Needsp. 5
Person in Communityp. 6
The Christian Notion of Healthp. 8
The Christian Notion of Sickness and Deathp. 9
The Christian Notion of Sexualityp. 11
Conclusionp. 14
Notes and Referencesp. 14
2 Formation of Consciencep. 16
Introductionp. 16
Mistaken Notions of Consciencep. 17
Forming a Christian Consciencep. 19
Conscience is not Infalliablep. 21
Faith and Assent in the Formation of Consciencep. 22
Various Levels of Teachingp. 23
Dissentp. 25
Summaryp. 26
Notes and Referencesp. 27
Part II Specific Teachings of the Churchp. 29
3 Abortionp. 31
Gospel of Lifep. 31
Encyclical Letter on Christian Marriagep. 34
Declaration on Procured Abortionp. 36
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 39
Pastoral Guidelines for the Catholic Hospital and Catholic Health Care Personnelp. 40
4 Addictionp. 44
From Despair to Hope: Family and Drug Addictionp. 44
5 Agingp. 48
Society and the Aged: Toward Reconciliationp. 48
6 Aidsp. 50
Africa's AIDS Crisisp. 50
The Many Faces of AIDS: A Gospel Responsep. 52
Statement on Public Schools' Condom Distributionp. 58
7 Anencephalyp. 60
Moral Principles Concerning Infants with Anencephalyp. 60
8 Artificial Inseminationp. 62
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 62
Christian Norms of Moralityp. 66
Fundamental Laws Governing Conjugal Relationsp. 68
9 Artificial Reproductionp. 69
Gospel of Lifep. 69
10 Assisted Suicidep. 70
Gospel of Lifep. 70
Living and Dying According to the Voice of Faithp. 71
11 Autonomyp. 74
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern Worldp. 74
12 Autopsyp. 77
Moral Problems in Medicinep. 77
13 Brain Deathp. 78
Report on Prolonging Life and Determining Deathp. 78
The Prolongation of Lifep. 80
Guidelines for the Determination of Brain Deathp. 82
14 Capital Punishmentp. 84
Gospel of Lifep. 84
An Opportune Time to Review the Correctional Systemp. 85
15 Catholic Health Carep. 87
The Rationale of Catholic Health Carep. 87
Health Care: Ministry in Transitionp. 89
16 Children and the Familyp. 93
The Christian Family in the Modern Worldp. 93
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 97
The Transmission of Lifep. 99
17 Confidentialityp. 102
Christian Principles and the Medical Professionp. 102
The Intangibility of the Human Personp. 103
18 Contraceptionp. 104
Encyclical Letter on Christian Marriagep. 104
Encyclical Letter on the Regulation of Birthsp. 105
The Christian Family in the Modern Worldp. 112
Human Sexuality from God's Perspectivep. 116
Vade Mecum for Confessors Concerning Some Aspects of the Morality of Conjugal Lifep. 119
19 Embryo Researchp. 122
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 122
Biological Experimentationp. 126
Gospel of Lifep. 127
20 Ethical and Religious Directivesp. 128
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Servicesp. 128
21 Euthanasiap. 148
Gospel of Lifep. 148
Declaration on Euthanasiap. 150
The Mystery of Life and Deathp. 152
Opposing Euthanasiap. 153
22 Family and Marriagep. 155
Encyclical Letter on Christian Marriagep. 155
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern Worldp. 157
The Christian Family in the Modern Worldp. 163
23 Geneticsp. 165
Critical Decisions; Genetic Testing and its Implicationsp. 165
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 168
Moral Aspects of Geneticsp. 170
The Ethics of Genetic Manipulationp. 172
Reflections on Cloningp. 174
24 Handicappedp. 179
Pastoral Statement of the United States Catholic Bishops on Handicapped Peoplep. 179
25 Health Care Reformp. 181
Resolution on Health Care Reformp. 181
Criteria for Evaluating Health Care Reformp. 183
26 Health Care Administrationp. 186
Health Care: Ministry in Transitionp. 186
27 Homosexualityp. 190
The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Personsp. 190
Declaration on Certain Problems of Sexual Ethicsp. 193
Responding to Legislative Proposals on Discrimination against Homosexualsp. 194
Note on Church Teaching Concerning Homosexual Peoplep. 198
28 Human Lifep. 200
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 200
Gospel of Lifep. 203
Biological Experimentationp. 204
A Patient is a Personp. 206
29 Human Rightsp. 208
Gospel of Lifep. 208
Pacem in Terrisp. 210
U.S.C.C. Platform Testimonyp. 211
30 Hydration and Nutritionp. 214
Building a Culture of Lifep. 214
Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Reflectionsp. 215
Questions of Ethics Regarding the Fatally Ill and the Dyingp. 220
On Withdrawing Artificial Nutrition and Hydrationp. 221
31 Informed Consentp. 223
The Intangibility of the Human Personp. 223
32 In Vitro Fertilizationp. 225
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 225
Fertility and Sterilityp. 230
33 Labor Relationsp. 232
On Human Workp. 232
Labor Relations in Catholic Hospitalsp. 235
34 Living Willp. 237
The Rights of the Terminally Illp. 237
Guidelines for Legislation on Life-Sustaining Treatmentp. 241
Living Will and Proxy for Health Care Decisionsp. 244
35 Medical Professionp. 245
The Exalted Character of the Medical Professionp. 245
The Foundation of Medical Moralityp. 247
Catholic Doctors: Higher Witnessesp. 249
The Ethics of Genetic Manipulationp. 253
Physicians, Health Care Educators Must Assert Christian Identityp. 254
Care Providers: Neither Lords of Life nor Conquerors of Deathp. 255
AMA Address: Medicine's Moral Crisisp. 256
36 Murderp. 259
Gospel of Lifep. 259
37 National Health Insurancep. 261
Statement on National Health Insurancep. 261
Pastoral Letter on Health and Health Carep. 264
38 Natural Family Planningp. 266
Why Natural Family Planning Differs from Contraceptionp. 266
The Christian Family in the Modern Worldp. 268
Natural Family Planningp. 270
Responsible Procreationp. 272
Human Sexuality from God's Perspectivep. 274
39 Nursingp. 275
The Nursing Vocationp. 275
Questions of Ethics Regarding the Fatally Ill and the Dyingp. 277
40 Ordinary and Extraordinary Means to Prolong Lifep. 279
Gospel of Lifep. 279
The Prolongation of Lifep. 280
Statement on Uniform Rights of the Terminally Ill Actp. 282
Declaration on Euthanasiap. 283
41 Organ Donation and Transplantationp. 284
Gospel of Lifep. 284
Blood and Organ Donorsp. 285
Tissue Transplantationp. 286
Many Ethical, Legal, and Social Questions Must be Examined in Greater Depthp. 288
42 Pain Reliefp. 291
Gospel of Lifep. 291
Declaration on Euthanasiap. 292
Questions of Ethics Regarding the Fatally Ill and the Dyingp. 293
Christian Principles and the Medical Professionp. 295
43 Pharmacologyp. 297
The Responsibility of the Pharmacistp. 297
44 Populationp. 299
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern Worldp. 299
Population Developmentp. 300
Gospel of Lifep. 303
Population Trends: Ethical and Pastoral Dimensionsp. 304
Population Conference Draft Document Criticizedp. 307
45 Proxy Consentp. 310
Declaration on Euthanasiap. 310
The Intangibility of the Human Personp. 311
The Prolongation of Lifep. 312
46 Principle of Cooperationp. 313
Gospel of Lifep. 313
47 Principle of Double Effectp. 314
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 314
The Attempt on Innocent Human Lifep. 315
The Prolongation of Lifep. 316
48 Principle of Totalityp. 317
Christian Principles and the Medical Professionp. 317
The Intangibility of the Human Personp. 318
49 Psychotherapyp. 321
The Moral Component of the Therapeutic Taskp. 321
The Image of God in People with Mental Illnessp. 323
On Psychotherapy and Religionp. 326
The Intangibility of the Human Personp. 330
50 Public Policyp. 331
Gospel of Lifep. 331
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 333
The Several Meanings of "Religion and Politics"p. 336
51 Rapep. 340
Guidelines for Catholic Hospitals Treating Victims of Sexual Assaultp. 340
Use of the "Morning-After Pill" in Cases of Rapep. 342
A Reply: Use of the "Morning-After Pill" in Cases of Rapep. 349
52 Research on Human Subjectsp. 351
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 351
Medicines at the Service of Human Lifep. 356
Biological Experimentationp. 357
A Patient Is a Personp. 359
The Intangibility of the Human Personp. 361
53 Right to Health Carep. 365
Pastoral Letter on Health and Health Carep. 365
Economic Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economyp. 369
The Right to Health Carep. 370
54 Sacredness of Human Lifep. 373
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern Worldp. 373
Celebrate Lifep. 375
Call for a Consistent Ethic of Lifep. 376
55 Scientific Knowledgep. 378
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern Worldp. 378
Moral Aspects of Geneticsp. 379
56 Sexualityp. 382
The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexualityp. 382
Declaration on Certain Problems of Sexual Ethicsp. 386
Educational Guidance in Human Lovep. 394
57 Sterilizationp. 397
Fundamental Laws Governing Conjugal Relationsp. 397
Sterilization in Catholic Hospitalsp. 398
Commentary on: Reply of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Sterilization in Catholic Hospitalsp. 400
Statement on Tubal Ligationp. 402
Response on Uterine Isolation and Related Mattersp. 403
58 Sufferingp. 405
The Christian Meaning of Human Sufferingp. 405
The Gospel of Lifep. 409
Christian Principles and the Medical Professionp. 410
Declaration on Euthanasiap. 412
59 Suicidep. 413
Gospel of Lifep. 413
60 Surgeryp. 414
Surgeryp. 414
Removal of a Healthy Organp. 415
61 Surrogate Mothersp. 417
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreationp. 417
New Jersey Bishops' Statement "On Surrogate Motherhood"p. 418
62 Truthtellingp. 420
Christian Principles and the Medical Professionp. 420
Question of Ethics Regarding the Fatally Ill and the Dyingp. 421
63 Withholding Life Supportp. 422
Gospel of Lifep. 422
The Prolongation of Lifep. 423
Declaration on Euthanasiap. 426
Guidelines for Legislation on Life-Sustaining Treatmentp. 428
Question of Ethics Regarding the Fatally Ill and the Dyingp. 431
Indexp. 435

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