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1. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Edward J. Furton In This Issue
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2. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
David Hershenov Colloquy
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3. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
William L. Saunders Washington Insider
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4. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Michael Arthur Vacca Equivalence of the Moral Objects in Embryo Adoption and Heterologous IVF
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Embryo adoption is a topic of considerable debate in the Church. Well over a million human embryos are currently being kept in cryogenic containers with little prospect of survival. The desire to rescue these vulnerable human beings is natural. However, the processes required to do so raise serious questions regarding the ethics of embryo adoptions. The violation of the unitive and procreative aspects of human intercourse and its ramifications on the moral status of heterologous embryo transfer are key to understanding the reasoning behind some objections to human embryo adoption.
5. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Timothy Hsiao A Simple Argument for Respecting Conscience
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Conscience is widely misunderstood. For many, conscientious objection, both religious and nonreligious, is regarded as nothing more than a convenient excuse to get around the rules. This essay provides an argument for respecting conscience. It shows how the conscience is an integral part of responsible decision-making and must be recognized and protected and ends with an application of the right of conscience to recent debates over mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. The goal of this essay is to show why there is a strong case for taking conscience seriously in ethics and public policy.
6. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Christopher Bobier A Practical Problem for Proponents of Heterologous Embryo Transfer
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I argue that proponents of heterologous embryo transfer are faced with the practical decision of whether would-be parents should adopt a prenatal child or a postnatal child (e.g., a child from the foster system). I argue that, all things considered, there is a good reason to favor postnatal adoption in every case in which a postnatal child is available for adoption. Since, unfortunately, there will always be postnatal children to adopt, there is little practical impetus for prenatal adoption.
7. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Colten Maertens-Pizzo Revisiting the Theory of Delayed Hominization
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Thomas Aquinas expounded a theory of delayed hominization that has greatly influenced debates about abortion. Although many have robustly criticized this theory, its continuing appeal to supporters of abortion necessitates a reexamination. This essay will revisit Aquinas’s problematic view about the place of the rational soul in embryological development and show that he confuses the ability to reason with the capacity for reason. In a time when abortion rights debates are common and vitriolic, this essay attempts to provide clear reasons for reaffirming the moral status of the embryo from conception.
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8. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Patrick Lee The Strict and Broad Views of Intention Again
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I reply to Steven Jensen’s article, “Phoenix Rising from the Ashes: Recent Attempts to Revive New Natural Law Action Theory,” which appeared in this journal in 2020. His arguments helpfully clarify where the disagreements between the strict and broad views of intention lie but, I argue, fail to refute the arguments and explanations he criticizes. I argue he misinterprets the strict view’s reference to necessity in its criterion for what is intended. I also argue against what he labels as the “identity thesis,” and against his attempt to show that the strict view (or New Natural Law theory of action) leads to the absurdity that most acts of adultery are not actually adultery.
9. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Ryan Misek The Injustice of Categorical Exclusions during Triage
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Triage situations and other occurrences in which rationing of medical care is necessary require careful distribution of medical equipment, services, or resources. However, the evolution of triage has failed to eliminate certain biases in the standards of care, particularly for groups already facing societal disenfranchisement and discrimination. This article explores the use of triage calculators and other systems of rationing care, their implicit biases, and how to avoid allowing those biases to influence care.
10. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Lawrence Masek The Contralife Argument Revisted: A Reply to Dezort
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In a recent issue of this journal, Steven Dezort criticizes two versions of the contralife argument, including my version and a version defended by some prominent new natural law theorists. In this essay, I argue that people should accept the contralife argument even if they disagree with other principles of new natural law theory. To defend this thesis, I correct some misstatements about the contralife argument and identify basic disagreements about defining actions and respecting human life.
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11. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Pope Pius XII Address to the Tribunal of the Holy Roman Rota on Moral Certainty
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12. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Stacy Trasancos Science
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Vince A. Punzo Medicine
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Christopher Kaczor Philosophy and Theology
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15. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Brian Kemple The Nature of the Human Person: Metaphysics and Bioethics by Jason T. Eberl
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Costanza Raimondi Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine Is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality by Charles C. Camosy
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17. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 3
Brian Welter Medicine and Shariah: A Dialogue in Islamic Bioethics by Aasim I. Padela
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18. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 2
Michael Rozier, Jason T. Eberl In This Issue
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Arina O. Grossu Washington Insider
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20. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 22 > Issue: 2
Michael Wee Solidarity and Subsidiarity as Principles for Public Health Ethics
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This essay will reflect on the importance of Catholic social teaching in public health ethics, especially in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Catholic social teaching will be presented as being continuous with Catholic moral teaching—while the latter sets out norms and prohibitions often in relation to individual agents and their actions, the Church’s social doctrine invites us to think of the community and social dimension of the moral good. To illustrate this continuity of doctrine, I will argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown a need for a serious evaluation of the relationship between public health and the common good, in light of the far-reaching and long-lasting public health measures that have been used around the world, such that the good of health has dominated considerations of almost all other aspects of life.