Catholic Studies in Bioethics

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

The New Catholic Debate

Editors: Tollefsen, Christopher (Ed.)

  • Features voices from all sides of the Catholic discussion in dialogue with one another
  • Includes many of the top Catholic bioethicists in the English speaking world
  • Situates the debate in the larger perspective of the Catholic tradition of end of life care and the dignity of human life as well as the social/communal norms governing the care of the dependent and the role of food in human communities
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Pope John Paul II surprised much of the medical world in 2004 with his strongly worded statement insisting that patients in a persistent vegetative state should be provided with nutrition and hydration. While many Catholic bioethicists defended the Pope’s claim that the life of all human beings, even those in a persistent vegetative state or a coma, was worth protecting, others argued that the Pope’s position marked a shift from the traditional Catholic teaching on the withdrawal of medical treatment at the end of life. The debate among Catholic bioethicists over the Pope’s statement only grew more intense during the controversy surrounding Terry Schiavo’s death in 2005, as bioethicists on both sides of the debate argued about the legitimacy of removing her feeding tubes. This collection of essays by some of the most prominent Catholic bioethicists addresses the Pope’s statements, the moral issues surrounding artificial feeding and hydration, the refusal of treatment, and the ethics of care for those at the end of life.

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From the reviews:

"This collection of essays … deals primarily with the permissibility, according to Roman Catholic teachings, of withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH). … Although the book will certainly be most useful to those within the Catholic tradition … the book will appeal to a variety of other academics as well. … it is currently the most rigorous philosophical or theological work dedicated to the topic of withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration." (D. Robert MacDougall, Doody’s Review Service, October, 2008)

"Tollefsen has done a signal service to the debate by assembling a diverse, thoughtful collection of the work of philosophers and theologians in a single volume. This collection is especially valuable because the contributors represent a variety of viewpoints and theological methods. … This book is a must read for serious students of this latest debate in Catholic moral theology. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."

“Christopher Tollefsen has gathered a number of well-known and respected Catholic scholars to discuss a key bioethical issue: the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration from patients, particularly those in a persistent vegetative state. … Tollefsen has provided an immensely useful resource both for Catholic scholars … and for those who do not understand or who honestly disagree with Catholic moral principles concerning the proper care of patients in a PVS and others who are nearing the end of life in this world.” (Jason T. Eberl, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Autumn, 2009)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Why do Unresponsive Patients Still Matter?

    Fisher, Bishop Anthony

    Pages 3-38

  • Are We Morally Obliged to Feed PVS Patients Till Natural Death?

    Degnan, Michael

    Pages 39-60

  • Caring for Persons in the “Persistent Vegetative State” and Pope John Paul II’s March 20 2004 Address “On Life-Sustaining Treatments and the Vegetative State”

    May, William E.

    Pages 61-76

  • Food and Fluids: Human Law, Human Rights and Human Interests

    Laing, Jacqueline

    Pages 77-100

  • Quality of Life and Assisted Nutrition

    Gómez-Lobo, Alfonso

    Pages 103-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
Book Subtitle
The New Catholic Debate
Editors
  • Christopher Tollefsen
Series Title
Catholic Studies in Bioethics
Series Volume
93
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6207-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6207-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6206-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7567-3
Series ISSN
0928-2661
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 235
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