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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Controversies over bioethical standards at U.S. Catholic hospitals show the need for greater Catholic education for health care workers, Vatican officials said Thursday (Feb. 3). Church leaders said a new set of biomedical guidelines will be published later this year, as well as a separate document on AIDS prevention after last year’s […] Read More

On May 20, J. Craig Venter announced that he and his team have successfully created “the first self-replicating species we’ve had on the planet whose parent is a computer.” The announcement was followed by a flurry of sensationalist headlines. The New York Times led with “Synthetic Bacterial Genome Takes Over a Cell” while the Wall […] Read More

The elderly widow cried as she told a visiting pastor about her husband’s death a decade earlier. My morally distressed congregant gave voice to a significant problem in pastoral care and bioethics, arising out of the lived experience of numerous family caregivers. More recently, another family has been making news over the contested distinction between […] Read More