Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics

  • Jason T. Eberl

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 127)

Also part of the Catholic Studies in Bioethics book sub series (CSBE, volume 127)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Jason T. Eberl
    Pages 1-5
  3. Moral Status of Human Embryos and Fetuses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Jason T. Eberl
      Pages 9-15
    3. David Hershenov, Rose Hershenov
      Pages 35-51
    4. Charles C. Camosy
      Pages 53-65
    5. John Paul Slosar, Mark F. Repenshek, Elliott Louis Bedford, Emily Trancik
      Pages 67-82
  4. Issues with Certain Lifesaving Interventions

  5. Contraception

  6. Genethics

  7. Issues at the End of Human Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Jason T. Eberl
      Pages 369-372
    3. Kevin L. Flannery
      Pages 389-403
    4. Jānis (John) T. Ozoliņš
      Pages 405-424
  8. Organ Donation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 443-443
    2. Jason T. Eberl
      Pages 445-449
    3. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco
      Pages 465-477
  9. Healthcare Law and Policy

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 617-622

About this book


This volume comprises various viewpoints representing a Catholic perspective on contemporary practices in medicine and biomedical research. The Roman Catholic Church has had a significant impact upon the formulation and application of moral values and principles to a wide range of controversial issues in bioethics. Catholic leaders, theologians, and bioethicists have elucidated and marshaled arguments to support the Church’s definitive positions on several bioethical issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, and reproductive cloning. Not all bioethical issues, however, have been definitively addressed by Catholic authorities, and some Church teachings allow for differing applications in diverse circumstances. Moreover, as new biomedical technologies emerge, Church authorities rely on experts in science, medicine, philosophy, theology, law, and other disciplines to advise them. Such experts continue to debate issues related to reproduction, genetics, end-of-life care, and health care policy. This volume will be a valuable resource for scholars in bioethics or Catholic studies, who will benefit from the nuanced arguments offered based on the latest research. This volume is also instructive for students entering the field to become aware of the founding philosophical and theological principles informing the Catholic bioethical worldview.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jason T. Eberl
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Osteopathic MedicineMarian UniversityIndianapolisUSA

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