Belgian deacon arrested over 40 deaths in hospital
News that a Catholic deacon may have euthanased 40 patients has reset the benchmark for weirdness.
Patient sues US Catholic Bishop’s Conference
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
The new Pope's first encyclical refers to abortion and euthanasia.
New pope unlikely to change bioethics stand
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Pope argues for generosity and solidarity
Pope drops out of organ donor pool
No longer available after his election
The other side of the Phoenix Catholic abortion case
Doctor defends bishop's decision
Nun excommunicated for authorising abortion
Objections as bishop objects to decision to save mother by aborting baby.
Vatican funds adult stem cell research at U Maryland
Church puts its money where its mouth is
Pope skeptical about life extension projects
Not an easy convert to transhumanism
Catholic care for PVS patients under fire
Compassion and Choices says guidelines are arrogant and stern