Diagnosis Critical: The Urgent Threats Confronting Catholic Healthcare

Overview

The pressure on Catholic medical institutions and health care workers is mounting at an alarming rate as they struggle to uphold their faith in an industry that is confronting new bioethical dilemmas every year.

The choice to provide or not provide contraception, abortion, controversial fertility procedures, and even physician-assisted suicide has now begun to take on legal ramifications, as Catholic facilities seek to maintain their tax-exempt status and their eligibility for ...

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Overview

The pressure on Catholic medical institutions and health care workers is mounting at an alarming rate as they struggle to uphold their faith in an industry that is confronting new bioethical dilemmas every year.

The choice to provide or not provide contraception, abortion, controversial fertility procedures, and even physician-assisted suicide has now begun to take on legal ramifications, as Catholic facilities seek to maintain their tax-exempt status and their eligibility for federal funding. It is an all too real danger that Catholic medical centers - even those in communities where medical care is scarce - may be forced to either shut down or provide immoral procedures, while tens of thousands of Catholic doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals could be forced to choose between quitting their jobs or violating their religious beliefs.

Now, for the first time, an experienced professional delves into bioethical issues to assist everyone in navigating this minefield of moral questions pertaining to the mission of Catholic health care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592760701
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/22/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

Part 1 Moral Foundations 21

Chapter 1 The Catholic Natural-Law Tradition 23

Chapter 2 Challenges to the Catholic Natural-Law Tradition 27

Chapter 3 The Reassertion of Absolute Norms 33

Chapter 4 Secular Bioethics versus Catholic Bioethics 42

Chapter 5 Ethical and Religious Directives 53

Part 2 Catholic Identity 79

Chapter 6 Transformation of the Catholic Hospital from Religious Ministry to Business Enterprise 84

Chapter 7 Catholic Hospitals and Canon Law 90

Part 3 The Struggle to Maintain Catholic Identity as Reflected in Two Health Care Systems 101

Chapter 8 Providence Health System 103

Chapter 9 Ascension Health 118

Part 4 Catholic Health Care and the Right of Conscientious Objection 131

Chapter 10 Protection of Conscientious Objection 138

Chapter 11 Mandated Contraceptive Coverage 151

Chapter 12 Emergency Contraception Laws 163

Part 5 End-of-Life Care 175

Chapter 13 Catholic Teaching on End-of-Life Care 178

Chapter 14 The Controversy over Withdrawing Artificial Nutrition and Hydration from Patients in a Persistent Vegetative State 182

Chapter 15 A Case Study in End-of-Life Care: Terri Schiavo 196

Part 6 Social Justice and Health Care Reform 201

Chapter 16 The United States Health Care System 204

Chapter 17 Health Care Reform Proposals 213

Conclusion 223

Notes 231

Index 345

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