The Roman Catholic Tradition and Bioethics

  • Joseph Boyle
Part of the Bioethics Yearbook book series (BIYB, volume 1)


Roman Catholic writing on bioethics comprises an extensive and sprawling body of literature authored not only by established authorities such as popes, bishops, and their advisors, but also by a considerable body of theologians and philosophers who may or may not have official positions within the Church. What distinguishes this literature from other bioethical writing is its explicit dependence on the Roman Catholic moral tradition. This dependence usually involves acceptance of large parts of received Roman Catholic teaching and use of the categories of moral analysis developed within the tradition. But it frequently involves criticism, refinement, and development of traditional teaching on some points.


Human Remains Persistent Vegetative State Abort Fetus Artificial Reproduction Positive Obligation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Boyle
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Michael’s College Centre for BioethicsUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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