Catholic Church

Only connect: the Pope’s global bioethics

Michael Cook | 20 June 2015 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, Pope Francis
Latest document causes media storm

New Pope. Old song.

Michael Cook | 05 June 2015 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, Pope Francis
No sign of relaxing Catholic views under Francis.

Catholic Church exposes forced adoption network

Xavier Symons | 05 September 2014 | Comments
tags: adoption, Catholic Church, Chile
A Chilean priest is being investigated for coercing single women into give up their babies for adoption.

Belgian deacon arrested over 40 deaths in hospital

Michael Cook | 07 June 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, Catholic Church, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
News that a Catholic deacon may have euthanased 40 patients has reset the benchmark for weirdness.

Patient sues US Catholic Bishop’s Conference

Xavier Symons | 15 December 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, ACLU, Catholic Church
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the US Catholic Bishops Conference (USCBC) for hampering the care of a pregnant woman in one of its hospitals. The ACLU claim that the USCBC code of conduct for hospitals – known as the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services – led to unnecessary “trauma and harm” for their client.

Theology and bioethics 2: Pope Francis

Michael Cook | 06 July 2013 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, Francis, human dignity
The new Pope's first encyclical refers to abortion and euthanasia.

New pope unlikely to change bioethics stand

Michael Cook | 16 March 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, Catholic Church
Judging from his 2011 book Sobre Cielo y Tierra, the new Pope's stand on bioethical issues is fully in sync with his predecessors.

Colorado hospital apologises over personhood dispute

Michael Cook | 09 February 2013 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, Colorado, personhood
Coloradans on both sides of the abortion debate were surprised that lawyers for a Catholic hospital were arguing that a fetus has no rights in a malpractice case.

German cleric apologises over rape victim mistreatment

Xavier Symons | 30 January 2013 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, conscientious objection, Germany
A prominent German cleric has apologized after a possible rape victim was refused treatment at two Catholic hospitals. In a statement issued last week, Cardinal Joachim Miesner expressed his “deep shame” at the hospitals’ failure to provide the 25 year old German woman with an appropriate gynaecological examination. “[I am] deeply ashamed by this incident because it goes against our Christian mission” the cardinal said.

A surprise bioethics best-seller for 2013?

Michael Cook | 27 January 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, Catholic Church
Here’s a New Year’s prediction. The world’s biggest-selling bioethics book this year will not be written by anyone from the University of Pennsylvania, Oxford, Harvard or Monash.

Vatican stem cell conference: comment

Jared Yee | 18 November 2011 | Comments
tags: adult stem cells, Catholic Church, stem cell research, stem cells
A two-day international conference on stem cell research was held at the Vatican this week.

Furore in Netherlands over refusal to conduct euthanasia funeral

Michael Cook | 26 August 2011 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, euthanasia, Netherlands
But what happens when a religion does not accept euthanasia? This is being debated in the Netherlands after a Catholic priest in the small town of Liempde refused to say a funeral mass for a man who had opted for euthanasia.

Catholic bishops slate assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 18 June 2011 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, physician assisted suicide
The US Catholic bishops have issued a statement on physician-assisted suicide. To no one’s surprise, they are strongly opposed. However, “To Live Each Day with Dignity” is more philosophical and ethical and theological. Its main targets are individualism, radical autonomy and false compassion. It argues that suicide is evidence of social failure to care for the disadvantaged, disabled and lonely. What society must offer, it says, is “a readiness to surround patients with love, support, and compa

Pope speaks out on post-abortion syndrome, conscience

Jared Yee | 10 March 2011 | Comments
tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic Church
Pope argues for generosity and solidarity

Pope drops out of organ donor pool

Michael Cook | 12 February 2011 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, organ donation
No longer available after his election

The other side of the Phoenix Catholic abortion case

Michael Cook | 21 June 2010 | Comments
tags: abortion, Catholic Church
Doctor defends bishop's decision

Nun excommunicated for authorising abortion

Michael Cook | 22 May 2010 | Comments
tags: abortion, Catholic Church
Objections as bishop objects to decision to save mother by aborting baby.

Vatican funds adult stem cell research at U Maryland

Jared Yee | 07 May 2010 | Comments
tags: adult stem cells, Catholic Church
Church puts its money where its mouth is

Pope skeptical about life extension projects

Michael Cook | 10 April 2010 | Comments
tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic Church, transhumanism
Not an easy convert to transhumanism

Catholic care for PVS patients under fire

Michael Cook | 11 February 2010 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, nutrition and hydration, PVS
Compassion and Choices says guidelines are arrogant and stern
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