8/21/2010

Roman Catholic Magisterial teachings on bioethics

For some of my readers and my students, here is a list of titles of official Roman Catholic Church Teachings on Bioethics:

Cooperation

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Sterilization in Catholic Hospitals, (March 12, 1975).

National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Commentary on: Reply of the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith on Sterilization in Catholic Hospitals, (Sep. 15, 1977).

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, The Splendor of the Truth (Veritatis Splendour), #7983, (Aug. 6, 1993).

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), (Mar. 25, 1995).

Double Effect

Pope Pius XII, The Attempt on Innocent Human Life, (Nov. 26, 1951).

Pope Pius XII, The Prolongation of Life, (Nov. 24, 1957).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation, (Mar. 10, 1987).

Ordinary and Extraordinary Means

Pope Pius XII, The Prolongation of Life, (Nov. 24, 1957).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Euthanasia, (May 5, 1980).

National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Statement on Uniform Rights of the Terminally Ill Act, Mar. 20, 1986).

Sacredness of Human Life

Vatican Council II, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, (Dec. 7, 1965).

Pope John Paul II, Celebrate Life, (Oct. 7, 1979).

Totality

Pope Pius XII, Christian Principles and the Medical Profession, (Nov. 12, 1944).

Pope Pius XII, The Intangibility of the Human Person, (Sep. 13, 1952).

Brain Death

Pope Pius XII, The Prolongation of Life, (Nov. 24, 1957).

US Catholic Bishops' Advisory Committee on Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Facilities, (Guidelines for the Determination of Brain Death, Health Progress, Dec. 1975).

Directives

US National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, Origins, Dec. 15, 1994.

Embryo Research

Pope John Paul II, Biological Experimentation, (Oct 23, 1982).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation, (Mar. 10, 1987).

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), (Mar. 25, 1995).

Euthanasia

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Euthanasia, (May 5, 1980).

Pope John Paul II, Opposing Euthanasia, (Sep. 6, 1984).

Pope John Paul II, The Mystery of Life and Death, (Oct. 19-21, 1985)

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Senate Testimony on Euthanasia, Origins, Nov. 17, 1994.

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), (Mar. 25, 1995).

Genetic Technology

Pope Pius XII, Moral Aspects of Genetics, (Sep. 7, 1953).

Pope John Paul II, The Ethics of Genetic Manipulation, (Oct. 29, 1983).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation, (Mar. 10, 1987).

Organ Donation

Pope Pius XII, Tissue Transplantation, (May 12, 1956).

Pope John Paul II, Blood and Organ Donors, (Aug. 2, 1984)

Pain Relief

Pope Pius XII, Christian Principles and the Medical Profession, (Nov. 12, 1944).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Euthanasia, (May 57 1980).

Proxy Consent

Pope Pius XII, The Intangibility of the Human Person, (Sep. 13, 1952).

Pope Pius XII, The Prolongation of Life, (Nov. 24, 1957).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Euthanasia, (May 5, 1 980).

Research on Human Subjects

Pope Pius XII, The Intangibility of the Human Person, (Sep. 13, 1952).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation, (Mar. 10, 1987).

Pope John Paul II, A Patient is a Person, (Oct. 27, 1980).

Pope John Paul II, Biological Experimentation, (Oct. 23, 199).

Suffering

Pope Pius XII, Christian Principles and the Medical Profession, (Nov. 12, 1944).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Euthanasia, (May 5, 1980).

Pope John Paul II, The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering, (Feb. 11, 1984).

Surrogate Mothers

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faiths Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation, (Mar. 10, 1987).

Withdrawal of Life Support

Pope Pius XII, The Prolongation of Life, (Nov. 24, 1957).

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Euthanasia, (May 5, 1980).

For more see: http://hamiltondiocese.com/education/moral_teaching.html#Medical

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