Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics

Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics: A Virtue Approach to Craniotomy and Tubal Pregnancies

Martin Rhonheimer
Edited by William F. Murphy
Copyright Date: 2009
Pages: 184
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    Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics
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    Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics by renowned Swiss philosopher Martin Rhonheimer considers some of the most difficult and disputed questions in Catholic moral theology

    eISBN: 978-0-8132-1777-2
    Subjects: Health Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
    William F. Murphy Jr.
  4. Editor’s Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
    William F. Murphy Jr.
  5. Author’s Preface
    (pp. xiii-xx)
    Martin Rhonheimer
  6. I The Problem
    (pp. 1-30)

    According to the doctrine of the Catholic Church, every deliberate, direct abortion is immoral because it involves the direct killing of an innocent human being. According to this doctrine, a doctor must try to save the lives of both mother and child in situations where the lives of one or both are stake. On this basis, Catholic moral theology traditionally teaches that the doctor cannot be held responsible if, in saving the child, the mother dies. Nor can he be held responsible if both the mother and child die, if the only possible means for saving the mother is to...

  7. II Church Doctrine and Past Discussions in Moral Theology
    (pp. 31-82)

    According to Church doctrine, as it has most recently been presented in the encyclical Evangelium vitae (EV), “the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral” (EV 57.4). This is specified more precisely as follows: “The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of his life is always morally evil and can never be licit either as an end in itself or as a means to a good end” (EV 57.5). “[P]rocured abortion,” again “by whatever means it is carried out,” is defined as “the deliberate and direct killing . . . . ....

  8. III Life-Saving Medical Interventions: The Prohibition of Killing and the Virtue of Justice
    (pp. 83-150)

    This final chapter includes (1) a concise restatement of the preceding argument, (2) an application of it in the moral analysis of four major therapies currently used for tubal gravidity, (3) a thorougoing moral justification of this approach, and (4) an epilogue on this virtue ethics based approach to the prohibition of killing, in contrast to an analysis based on the distinction between “direct” and “indirect.”

    As we have seen, ST II-II, q. 64, a. 7 contains a fundamental doctrine that is applicable beyond merely the case of self-defense. This doctrine is the principle that what lies outside the intention...

  9. Bibliography
    (pp. 151-156)
  10. Index
    (pp. 157-162)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 163-163)