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Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium: Answers to the moral questions of our age


University of Notre Dame Australia reports on the Tuesday 31 January launch of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP's 'Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium'.
Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium Launch News Story

University of Notre Dame Australia welcomed to its Sydney Campus His Eminence Cardinal George Pell to launch Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium, authored by Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP and published by Cambridge University Press.

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame, Professor Hayden Ramsay, welcomed to the launch representatives of the Church, Parliament, Catholic and state hospitals, educational institutes, the law, Catholic and social services, the Knights of Malta and of the Order of Jerusalem and Notre Dame staff and students. Several members of the media were also in attendance. The event made available the first copies of the book in Australia.

Cardinal Pell praised Bishop Anthony’s book for its coherent arguments. He said the book would go a long way in providing modern society with an explanation of the Catholic stance on bioethical issues.

"This book is a wonderful contribution in the struggle to recover Catholic conscience and authority," Cardinal Pell said.

"Bioethics is a vitally important area in which the tectonic plates that underlie our civilisation are rubbing up against one another."

His Eminence suggested advancement in medical technology has created new moral questions for our age, and demands fresh answers.

"The Bible is not enough. The Church from a very early age has…recognised we need an intellectual framework to explain to the people around us what we’re doing. Bishop Anthony spells out the cases for the basics of our moral position," Cardinal Pell said.

"There are moral truths; there is such a thing as universal human dignity. He defends explicitly all innocent life. He speaks very usefully of the different levels of responsibility in this confused age of radically diminished culpability."

Cardinal Pell and Bishop Anthony both expressed their faith in healthcare as a science that has done much good and has the potential to do so much more in the future.

Watch the launch at xt3.com

Read more on 'Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium' in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's Online Book Shop.

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