Catholic Bioethics

This is a three module series that focuses on common medical and ethical issues arising at the beginning of life, at the end of life, and in health care.

"God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them"
Genesis 1:27

Module 1: Beginning of Life Issues 

Session 1 Topics: Marriage, Contraception, and Reproductive Technologies

Session 2 Topics: Nature of the Human Person, Moral Decision-making, and Embryology

Session 3 Topics: Stem Cell Research, Genetic Engineering, and Surrogacy Agreements

Module 1 will be offered at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

  • Dates: Wednesdays, February 12, 19, & March 11, 2020
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $50
  • Register here

Module 2: End of Life Issues 

Session Topics: Dignity and Illness, Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, Advanced Directives & DNR (Do-Not-Resuscitate), Palliative Care, Methods of Determining Death, Nutrition & Hydration, Ordinary & Extraordinary Care, and Pain Management. 

Module 2 will be offered at Prince of Peace Catholic Church

  • Dates: Tuesdays, February 18, 25 & March 3, 2020
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $50
  • Register here


Module 3: Health Care Ethics & Experimentation

Session 1 Topics: Catholic Perspectives on the healthcare professional-patient relationship as partnership, ethical cooperation in a modern healthcare setting (case study on ethics of vaccine use), and principles of totality and integrity in determining ethical treatment (case study on sterilization).

Session 2 Topics: Stem cell and embryonic research, therapeutic vs. non-therapeutic experiments, and issues of consent and proxy consent.

Session 3 Topics: Ethical issues in organ donation, living vs. deceased donor gift, definitions of/determination of death, and assisted suicide: implications for organ donation.

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