Conscience and Catholic Healthcare

From Clinical Contexts to Governmental Mandates

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David E. DeCosse, Thomas A. Nairn
  • Maryknoll, NY: 
    Orbis Books
    , March
     248 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Michael Balboni forthcoming.


Drawn from a two-day symposium at Santa Clara University, Conscience and Catholic Health Care provides a timely and up-to-date assessment of the Catholic understanding of conscience and how it relates to day-to-day issues in Catholic health care. The contributors explore a wide range of topics, including end-of-life care, abortion and sterilization, and the role of Catholic ethics particularly in hospital settings.

With insights from key figures this book will serve as a useful text and reference for medical students and practitioners as well as a resource for ethics boards and chaplains in Catholic hospitals, most especially those merging with secular health institutions.

In addition to the editors, contributors include Ron Hamel, Anne E. Patrick, Roberto Dell’Oro, Lisa Fullam, Kristin E. Heyer, John J. Paris, M. Patrick Moore, Jr., Cathleen Kaveny, Lawrence J. Nelson, Kevin T. FitzGerald, SJ, Gerald Coleman, Margaret R. McLean, Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes, and Carol Taylor.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David E. DeCosse is director of campus ethics programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. He is the coeditor with Kristin E. Heyer of Conscience and Catholicism.

Thomas A. Nairn, OFM is senior director, theology and ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States. His edited books include The Seamless Garment: Writings on the Consistent Ethic of Life and The Consistent Ethic of Life: Assessing Its Reception and Relevance.

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