Resource Links

 

I. Major Church Documents

A) Compendium of Church teaching on healthcare ethics

  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (2001)

http://www.usccb.org/bishops/directives.shtml

 

B) Beginning of life issues

  • Paul VI, Humanae Vitae

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae_en.html

  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Responses to questions proposed concerning uterine isolation and related matters (1993)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/doc_doc_index.htm

  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation [Donum vitae] (1987)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/doc_doc_index.htm

  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion (1974)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/doc_doc_index.htm

 

C) End of life issues

 

D) Homosexuality

 

 

II. Various ecclesiastical statements, addresses and reports

A) Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

  • John Paul II, Life-sustaining treatments and vegetative state: Scientific advances and ethical dilemmas

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/speeches/2004/march/index_en.htm

  • Australian Bishops Committee for Doctrine and Morals, Bishops Committee for Health Care, and Catholic Health Australia, Briefing Note on the Obligation to provide Nutrition and Hydration

http://www.acbc.Catholic.org.au/bc/docmoral/2004090316.htm

 

B) Consistent Ethic of Life

  • Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, A Consistent Ethic of Life: An American-Catholic Dialogue (Gannon Lecture, Fordham University - December 6, 1983)

http://www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/prolife/Consistent.htm

  • Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, A Consistent Ethic of Life: Continuing the Dialogue (William Wade Lecture Series, St. Louis University March 11, 1984)

http://www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/prolife/Consistent.htm

 

C) Genetics

  • Address of Pius XII to the Seventh International Hematological Congress in Rome (1960)

http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/doc/doc_32moralityeugenics.html

  • Pontifical Academy for Life, Observations on the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdlife/index.htm

  • Pontifical Academy for Life, Prospects for Xenotransplantation - Scientific Aspects and Ethical Considerations (2001)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdlife/index.htm

  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Committee on Science and Human Values, Critical Decisions: Genetic Testing and Its Implications

http://www.usccb.org/shv/testing.htm

 

D) Stem Cell Research and Cloning

  • Vatican's Mission to the United Nations, The Views of the Holy See on Human Cloning (2003)

http://www.holyseemission.org/cloning2003eng.html

  • Considerations on the Issue of Human Cloning Position Paper of the Holy See: UN General Assembly Debate in L'Osservatore Romano (2004)

http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/doc/doc_36humancloning.html

 

 

III. Healthcare systems, associations, and centers

  • Catholic Health East, Ethics Toolbox

http://www.che.org/ethics

  • Catholic Health Association of the United States

http://www.chausa.org/

  • National Catholic Bioethics Center

http://www.ncbcenter.org/home.html

 

 

IV. Particular articles

  • Kevin O'Rourke, OP, Documents on Medical Ethics

http://www.op.org/domcentral/study/kor