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261. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 19 > Issue: 3
Justo Aznar, MD Is There a Purpose in the Biological Evolution of Living Beings?
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An unquestionably important biological question is whether human beings are the product of chance or of purpose in the evolutionary process. Charles Darwin did not accept purpose in biological evolution, a view not shared by his colleague Alfred Russel Wallace. The controversy has remained ever since, and while many experts argue against purpose in biological evolution, many others defend it. This paper reflects on this biological and ethical problem, relating it to the possible existence of a plan that governs and shapes the evolution of living beings and that is ultimately responsible for the development of Homo sapiens.
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Lisa Honkanen, MD Collaboration with Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking
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Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED) is an increasingly popular method by which patients are choosing to hasten death when life feels unbearable. This formal act of suicide often leads to distressing symptoms, for which patients then seek palliation by medical professionals. The intentional act of hastening death is always an evil act. A Catholic physician must understand the moral implications of participating in any phase of the patient’s planning and execution of the VSED process, including cooperation in evil and scandal. The Catholic physician must strive to develop a well-formed conscience and then be prepared to exercise his or her right to conscientious objection while offering an example of true compassion for the sick, the suffering, and the dying.
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Jeanatan Hall The Ethics of Human Tripronuclear Zygotes as Germline Editing Subjects
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Despite great interest in the field of gene editing, sparked by the advent of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated applications, the personhood of tripronuclear zygotes has not been addressed appropriately. 3PN zygotes are discarded as medical waste, and their use as models for human genome editing is becoming increasing common. 3PN zygotes possess an extra set of chromosomes, which often leads to severe genetic abnormalities; they are dismissed as “nonviable embryos” and treated as an ethically acceptable alternative to human embryonic research. However, given the development cycle of 3PN zygotes and the qualifications for human personhood assessed, there is compelling evidence that 3PN zygotes are indeed human persons. Although genetically disadvantaged, they deserve the same respect as do genetically normal human zygotes.
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Pope Francis Address to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps: (January 8, 2018)
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John S. Sullivan, MD Medicine
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Stacy Trasancos Science
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Christopher Kaczor Philosophy and Theology
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Peter J. Cataldo Incarnate Grace: Perspectives on the Ministry of Catholic Health Care edited by Rev. Charles Bouchard, OP
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Brian Welter Among the Ashes: On Death, Grief, and Hope by William J. Abraham
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Grattan Brown Neuroscience and the Soul: The Human Person in Philosophy, Science, and Theology edited by Thomas M. Crisp, Steven L. Porter, and Gregg A. Ten Elshof
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John F. Brehany Hippocrates’ Oath and Asclepius’ Snake: The Birth of the Medical Profession by T. A. Cavanaugh
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Rev. Richard Benson, CM Free Will and Classical Theism: The Significance of Freedom in Perfect Being Theology edited by Hugh J. McCann
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Dominic Mangino After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Values by John Lawrence Hill
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Donald DeMarco, Ph.D Centore, F. F. Two Views of Virtue: Absolute Relativism and Relative Absolutism
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Decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the Case of A.Z. v. B.Z.
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Carr J. Smith, Ph.D. Humber, James M., and Robert F. Almeder, eds. Alternative Medicine and Ethics
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Benedict Ashley, O.P., Albert Moraczewski, O.P. Cloning, Aquinas, and the Embryonic Person
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Michael J. Behe Miller, Kenneth R. Finding Darwin’s God: a Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution
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Renée Mirkes, O.S.F. NBAC and Embryo Ethics
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Carol B. Smith, B. A., R.R.T. Eisenberg, Mickey S. Life in the Balance: Emergency Medicine and the Quest to Reverse Sudden Death