Maurice Timothy Reidy
A selection of our coverage
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For decades America has been a trusted resources for readers seeking to navigate the thicket of ethical issues presented by the contemporary world. From the writing of the legendary Richard McCormick S.J., to the nuanced commentary of Kevin O'Rourke, O.P., America has tackled an array of bioethical issues in its pages. Here we present a selection of our coverage.

"Humanae Vitae 25 Years Later," Richard McCormick, July 17, 1993

"Harvesting Organs from Cadavers," John J. Paris, April 29, 2002

"Food for Terri Schiavo," John F. Kavanaugh, November 24, 2003

"Take and Eat," Gerald D. Coleman, April 5, 2004

"Must We Preserve Life?" Ronald Hamel, April 19, 2004

"The Legacy of the Schiavo Case." Thomas A. Shannon, June 6, 2005

"The Case Against Perfection," Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, September 24, 2007

"Church Teaching and My Father’s Choice," John J. Hardt, January 21, 2008

"Brain Death and Organ Donation," James M. Dubois, February 2, 2009

"Science and the Path to Parenthood," Julie Irwin Zimmerman, July 6, 2009

"At Life's Beginning," The Editors, July 6, 2009

"What Happened in Phoenix?" Kevin O'Rourke, June 21, 2010

"A Biomedical Revolution," W. Malcolm Byrnes, August 16-23, 2010

Maurice Timothy Reidy is online editor at America.

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Priscilla Purnick | 11/9/2010 - 2:47pm
These are all wonderfully written articles.  Thank you for putting them together in a compendium.  As a scientist, a Catholic and a person who is, in general, concerned with biomedical ethics in science, it is always good to read the prevailing wisdom. 

My concern is not so much the "letter of the law", as it were, but how the specifics are interpreted and then relayed to the laity and clergy.  I have found, pretty much without exception, that when the Vatican or any of the clergy for that matter, try to delve into the specifics of anything scientific, especially in Biology, they often get it wrong.  In particular I am troubled by the videos created by our diocese and others about stem cells.  While I understand the staunch Catholic view on stem cell research, what I do not abide by is the intentional misrepresentation or outright lies propagated by the Catholic Church with regard to the scientific research in this area.  As a Catholic, I was appalled and embarrassed by the half-truths, pseudo-science and outright lies in the literature and other "educational" material published so that the average Catholic can make an "informed" decision.  It's a bunch of bunk.  Whoever is putting together these materials does NOT want Catholics to make an informed decision at all.  It is propaganda, pure and simple.  It shames me to be a Catholic and to see this heresy/blasphemy of science in the name of my religion.  The lies keep coming......and the people keep believing them.

Shame on you Catholicism.