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181. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
Trent Horn Abortion and Good Samaritan Arguments
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Some defenders of legal abortion claim that even if the human fetus is a human being with the same right to life as an adult, abortion is not necessarily morally impermissible. They argue that abortion can be considered a form of indirect killing that results from the refusal to provide life support through one’s own body, which another person has no right to receive. While Catholic moral theology does not require people to donate organs against their will, this principle does not justify direct abortion.
182. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
Mary Beth Phillips The False Freedom of Promiscuity: Consequences of Teenage Sexual Activity
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Teenagers enjoy better physical and mental health when they avoid early sexual debut and reserve the sexual act for marriage. Teens who initiate sexual relations outside of marriage risk contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and those who also use hormonal contraception to avoid pregnancy often suffer unwanted physical and emotional side effects. Teens who have multiple partners may have later attachment or bonding difficulties. The consequences of an unintended pregnancy after a casual sexual relationship are often abortion or single motherhood and an increased likelihood of poverty. Teenagers who save sexual relations for marriage experience freedom from these negative consequences and are more likely, in marriage, to experience the beauty of self-giving love.
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Cardinal Pietro Paolin The Wisdom of Finitude: Letter to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, February 28, 2018
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Archbishop Christophe Pierre Protecting the Vulnerable: Remarks on Palliative Care, April 12, 2018
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John S. Sullivan Medicine
186. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
Sean O’Brien Pursuing Authenticity by Changing the Body
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Although body alterations, including body art, sexual alteration, technological enhancements, and cosmetic surgery, usually are evaluated separately, they also can be approached by identifying common cultural trends. Because a person’s conception of identity lies at the core of many body alterations, any change to the body must pursue sincere authenticity, the virtue that fulfills one’s true identity.
187. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
Jonathan Scrafford, Lisa Gilbert Opportunistic Salpingectomy during Cesarean Section
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Medical literature on the protective effects of salpingectomy (surgical removal of the fallopian tubes) against ovarian cancer has challenged Catholic health care institutions to reexamine policies that prohibit tubal sterilization at the time of cesarean section. Salpingectomy performed for a woman whose fallopian tubes are known or suspected to have a serious and present pathology—risk-reducing salpingectomy—is morally justifiable as a therapeutic intervention. However, salpingectomy performed at the time of another medically indicated procedure, such as cesarean section, on an otherwise fertile woman whose fallopian tubes are presumed to be healthy—opportunistic salpingectomy—constitutes direct sterilization and fails to meet the conditions of double effect. Moreover, until magisterial guidance clarifies the right application of Catholic teaching to the specific question of opportunistic salpingectomy, Catholic health care institutions should, out of prudential judgment and to avoid scandal, avoid establishing institution policies that permit the practice.
188. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
Pope Francis Unite to Cure: Address to the International Conference on Regenerative Medicine, April 28, 2018
189. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
Mary Shivanandan Aquinas and the Theology of the Body: The Thomistic Foundations of John Paul II’s Anthropology
190. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
Brian Welter Person, Soul, and Identity
191. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
James Beauregard Fifteen Steps Out of Darkness: The Way of the Cross for People on the Journey of Mental Illness
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Christopher Kaczor Philosophy and Theology
193. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 3
Harrison Denn Karol Wojtyla’s Personalist Philosophy: Understanding Person and Act
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Francesco Giordano Eclipse of Man: Extinction and the Meaning of Progress
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Ralph A. Capone The Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine
196. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 4
Edward J. Furton, PhD In This Issue
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Nelson Thomas, MBBS, DA, Petrina Fadel Colloquy
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William L. Saunders Washington Insider
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William Newton Adoption as an Analogy for Gender Transitioning: A Reply to David Albert Jones
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David Albert Jones recently proposed an analogy between adoption and gender transitioning. Jones notes that adoption grants a child a social identity that is distinct from the natal identity and suggests that a similar situation might obtain in the case of gender transitioning. According to this proposal, a biological male who wishes to be called a woman is not assuming a false identity. Adoption and gender transitioning are significantly different, however: adoptive sonship participates in natural sonship in a way that is not true of the relationship between a biological woman and a man who wishes to be called a woman. Attention is given to different forms of analogy, leading to the conclusion that the use of the word woman for a biological male would be either a metaphor or a very weak analogy. In contrast, the term son as applied to an adopted boy fulfills the fundamental signification of that word.
200. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly: Volume > 18 > Issue: 4
Rev. Gerald D. Coleman, PSS Separating Exorcism from Superstition
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The increased interest in exorcisms and demonology should be moderated by a proper understanding of the relationship between psychology and spirituality. There is an important link between psychological aberrations and possession, but too often and too quickly, a person’s mental health is dismissed or overlooked in favor of a diagnosis of demonic possession. The Church’s ritual of exorcism can be properly used only after psychological discernment, episcopal approval, and personal assent. Most priests are not prepared for the role of exorcist and should spend their time more effectively addressing pastoral needs. The belief in demons is part of biblical witness and Catholic history. At the same time, we must avoid any tendency toward redemption by exorcism.