As a deacon (or a person in Church ministry), you will be asked to help parishioners grapple with emotionally charged medical issues. This course will present fundamental Church principles relating to ethics and medical ethics that will assist you in these discussions.
This course studies the theology of the human body, personhood, and human dignity in protecting life from beginning to end and in treating illness.
This course will be of particular interest to deacons and their colleagues in ministry who are involved in hospital, nursing home, ministry to the aging, or other similar settings.
The following topics have been chosen for this course since they are the most difficult topics in the ministry of medical and health care. They include:
- General Principles of Ethics and Medical Ethics
- Pregnancy and Delivery
- The Marital Covenant as the Foundation of Human Existence
- Moral and Immoral Surgery
- Artificial and Assisted Reproduction
- Experimentation on Human Subjects
- Embryonic Life
- Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
- Obligations to Preserve Life of the Sick and Dying
- Questions on Sexual Issues
- Material Cooperation
This course draws from the disciplines of
- Pastoral Theology
- Pastoral Counseling
- Moral Theology
- Biomedical Ethics
to emphasize the critical importance of ministering to the faithful as they seek to live moral and ethical lives.