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Church Documents Health Care, Ethics - Online
Bioethics Watch: The Distinction between Direct Abortion and Legitimate Medical Procedures June 23, 2010 statement from US Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine
Health Care Reform section of the USCCB web site: www.usccb.org/healthcare/.
USCCB Meeting November 2009 (USCCB Site): Marriage Love and Life in the Divine Plan (USCCB Site) | Cardinal George Statement on Healthcare | Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology
To the Catholics and People of East Texas: "Statement on Human Dignity, Conscience, and Health Care", December 1, 2008 - Bishop Álvaro Corrada, S.J.
Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Participants at an International Congress Organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life, Friday, November 7, 2008
Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 8, 2008
Why the Concept of Brain Death is Valid as a Definition of Death: Statement by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Response to Objections (on EWTN Website) September 2008
Responses to Certain Questions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Concerning Artificial Nutrition and Hydration, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, August 1, 2007
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE SYMPOSIUM ON THE THEME: "STEM CELLS: WHAT FUTURE FOR THERAPY?" ORGANIZED BY THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY FOR LIFE, Hall of the Swiss, Castel Gandolfo, Saturday, 16 September 2006
Massachusetts Bishops' Statement on the Human Cloning and Research on Human Embryos -- March 2, 2005 [on Massachusetts Bishop Conference website] -- Broken link
Report by H.E. Mons. Elio Sgreccia on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy For Life on the theme: "Quality of Life and the Ethics of Health" (February 21-23, 2005)
Letter of John Paul II, to the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life on the Occasion of a Study Congress on "Quality of Life and Ethics of Health", February 19, 2005
Letter of John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, February 1, 2005
On the Occasion of the International Convention on "Natural Regulation of Fertility and Culture of Life", Message of John Paul II, January 28, 2004
Address to the Participants at the International Congress: "Life-sustaining Treatments and 'Vegetative state': Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas" - Pope John Paul II, March 20, 2004
Interview with Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo concerning condom use
President of the Pontifical Council for the Family on Dutch radio program - October 20, 2003
Pontifical Academy for Life on Ethics and Biomedical Research, Final Statement Following 9th General Assembly, Ninth General Assembly, the Pontifical Council for Life, Feb. 24-26, 2003.
Intervention by the Holy See Delegation at the Special Committe of the 57th General Assembly of the United Nations on Human Embryonic Cloning (September 23, 2002)
Christian Response to Suffering - Message from the Holy Father for World Day of the Sick (2/11/02)
Prospects for Xenotransplantation Scientific Aspects and Ethical Considerations, Pontifical Academy for Life, September 26, 2001
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services - 4th Edition June 2001 -
on United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' web site http://old.usccb.org/bishops/directives.shtml
Developed by the Committee on Doctrine of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved as the national code by the full body of bishops at its June 2001 General Meeting.
Address of John Paul II -- To the 18th International Congress of the Transplantation Society, Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Pope John Paul II: Bishops Must Stand Firmly on the Side of Life -- Encouraging Those Who Defend It Against the Culture of Death - ad limina address to US bishops (October 2, 1998) - Quote follows:
"As ecumenical witness in defense of life develops, a great teaching effort is needed to clarify the substantive moral difference between discontinuing medical procedures that may be burdensome, dangerous or disproportionate to the expected outcome -- what the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls "the refusal of 'over-zealous' treatment" (No. 2278; cf Evangelium Vitae, 65) -- and taking away the ordinary means of preserving life, such as feeding, hydration and normal medical care.
"The statement of the United States Bishops' Pro-Life Committee, Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Considerations* , rightly emphasizes that the omission of nutrition and hydration intended to cause a patient's death must be rejected and that, while giving careful consideration to all the factors involved, the presumption should be in favor of providing medically assisted nutrition and hydration to all patients who need them.
"To blur this distinction is to introduce a source of countless injustices and much additional anguish, affecting both those already suffering from ill health or the deterioration which comes with age, and their loved ones."
* to access on the US bishops' web site click here .
Vademecum for Confessors Concerning Some Aspects of the Morality of Conjugal Life Pontifical Council for the Family - February 12, 1997.
The Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried - On the EWTN Website - John Paul II to the Pontifical Council for the Family - January 24, 1997
The Charter for Health Care Workers - Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers (1995)
Evangelium Vitae - The Gospel of Life - Encyclical (March 25, 1995)
Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation Replies to Certain Questions of the Day -- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (February 22, 1987)
Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons -- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- October 1, 1986.
Declaration on Euthanasia - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (May 5, 1980)
Declaration on Procured Abortion - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (June 28, 1974)
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