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August 31, 2009

Clarifying Church Teaching on End of Life Treatment and Care

In the February 13, 2009, issue of Commonweal, seven directors of bioethics programs at Jesuit universities (the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs) discussed their understanding of recent magisterial teaching regarding artificial nutrition and hydration (typically called ANH). The Catholic Medical Association responded to some questionable points in this article in a statement which was published in The Linacre Quarterly. Full texts of both the Consortium’s article and the CMA statement are available after the break.
In the February 13, 2009, issue of Commonweal, seven directors of bioethics programs at Jesuit universities (the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs) discussed their understanding of recent magisterial teaching regarding artificial nutrition and hydration (typically called ANH). The Catholic Medical Association responded to some questionable points in this article in a statement which was published in The Linacre Quarterly.

Click the links to read the Jesuit Consortium’s article and the CMA response, which goes beyond refuting errors in the Consortium’s statement to lay down principles of sound clinical and ethical care at the end of life.

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