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Pope Francis and the Transformation of Health Care Ethics

Pope Francis and the Transformation of Health Care Ethics

Author: Todd A. Salzman, Michael G. Lawler Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2021

A call to reform Catholic health care ethics, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis Since its first edition in 1948, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERD) has guided Catholic institutions in the provision of health care that reflects both the healing ministry of Jesus and the Church's understanding of human dignity. However, while the papacy of Pope Francis and the clerical sex-abuse scandal both profoundly impacted the Catholic Church, the latest edition of the ERD does not address or reflect these transformations. Now for the first time, Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler present an extended critical commentary on the 2018 ERD. They argue that it is problematic in a number of ways. First, the revised ERD continues to prioritize a rule-based over a personalist-based ethical method, with an emphasis on absolute norms that proscribe specific medical acts. Further, it does not take into account Pope Francis's transforming ecclesiological, methodological, and anthropological visions, neither internally in Catholic health care institutions nor externally in collaborations between Catholic and non-Catholic health care institutions. Finally, the revised ERD provides no evidence that the bishops grasp how the clerical sex-abuse scandal and its cover-up have fundamentally undermined episcopal authority and credibility. Salzman and Lawler propose new ways forward for US Catholic health care ethics that prioritize human dignity as their guiding principle. As there is pluralism in Catholic definitions of human dignity, there must be pluralism in the norms and directives that facilitate realizing human dignity. Pope Francis's emphasis on the virtues of mercy and care should move the ERD forward from a focus on absolute norms in medical ethics to a focus on virtues and principles to guide both patients and health care professionals in their discerned conscientious health care decisions.

Pope Francis and the Transformation of Health Care Ethics

Pope Francis and the Transformation of Health Care Ethics

Author: Todd A. Salzman, Michael G. Lawler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2021

A call to reform Catholic health care ethics, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis Since its first edition in 1948, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERD) has guided Catholic institutions in the provision of health care that reflects both the healing ministry of Jesus and the Church's understanding of human dignity. However, while the papacy of Pope Francis and the clerical sex-abuse scandal both profoundly impacted the Catholic Church, the latest edition of the ERD does not address or reflect these transformations. Now for the first time, Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler present an extended critical commentary on the 2018 ERD. They argue that it is problematic in a number of ways. First, the revised ERD continues to prioritize a rule-based over a personalist-based ethical method, with an emphasis on absolute norms that proscribe specific medical acts. Further, it does not take into account Pope Francis's transforming ecclesiological, methodological, and anthropological visions, neither internally in Catholic health care institutions nor externally in collaborations between Catholic and non-Catholic health care institutions. Finally, the revised ERD provides no evidence that the bishops grasp how the clerical sex-abuse scandal and its cover-up have fundamentally undermined episcopal authority and credibility. Salzman and Lawler propose new ways forward for US Catholic health care ethics that prioritize human dignity as their guiding principle. As there is pluralism in Catholic definitions of human dignity, there must be pluralism in the norms and directives that facilitate realizing human dignity. Pope Francis's emphasis on the virtues of mercy and care should move the ERD forward from a focus on absolute norms in medical ethics to a focus on virtues and principles to guide both patients and health care professionals in their discerned conscientious health care decisions.

Beyond Religion in India and Pakistan

Beyond Religion in India and Pakistan

Drawing on insights from theoretical engagements with borders and subalternity, Beyond Religion in India and Pakistan suggests new frameworks for understanding religious boundaries in South Asia. It looks at the ways in which social categories and structures constitute the bordering logics inherent within enactments of these boundaries, and positions hegemony and resistance through popular religion as an important indication of wider developments of political and social change. The book also shows how borders are continually being maintained through violence at national, community and individual levels. By exploring selected sites and expressions of piety including shrines, texts, practices and movements, Virinder S. Kalra and Navtej K. Purewal argue that the popular religion of Punjab should neither be limited to a polarised picture between formal, institutional religion, nor the 'enchanted universe' of rituals, saints, shrines and village deities. Instead, the book presents a picture of 'religion' as a realm of movement, mobilization, resistance and power in which gender and caste are connate of what comes to be known as 'religious'. Through extensive ethnographic research, the authors explore the reality of the complex, dynamic and contested relations that characterize everyday material and religious lives on the ground. Ultimately, the book highlights how popular religion challenges the borders and boundaries of religious and communal categories, nationalism and theological frameworks while simultaneously reflecting gender/caste society.

When Life Throws You a Curveball, Hit It

When Life Throws You a Curveball, Hit It

Author: Criswell Dr. Freeman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2021

God Speaks to Women Today

God Speaks to Women Today

Author: Eugenia Price Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2021

What is God Like?

What is God Like?

Author: Eugenia Price Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2021

My Life of Dialogue

My Life of Dialogue

Author: Donald W. Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2021

My Life in Dialogue begins with the author's spiritual journey to interreligious dialogue. Advising the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), he writes about dialogues under Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis. He also discusses conversations with Muslims in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia after 9/11.

My Life of Dialogue

My Life of Dialogue

Author: Donald W. Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2021

My Life in Dialogue begins with the author's spiritual journey to interreligious dialogue. Advising the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), he writes about dialogues under Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis. He also discusses conversations with Muslims in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia after 9/11.

She's Crowned

She's Crowned

Author: Ashley Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2021

The Divine Institution

The Divine Institution

Author: Sophie Bjork-James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2021

Essential Encounters

Essential Encounters

Author: Cheryl Toman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2021

Published in 1969, Essential Encounters is the first novel by a woman of sub-Saharan francophone Africa. Its story of love, infertility, a failed marriage, and adultery looks at both interpersonal connections and national politics from a feminist perspective.

Religious Life in Poland

Religious Life in Poland

Author: Christopher Garbowski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2021

This book provides a concise historical outline of religion in Poland up until its entry into the European Union in 2004, together with a longer presentation of contemporary religious issues. Albeit largely mono-ethnic and overwhelmingly Catholic after the loss of its large Jewish population to the Holocaust, and subsequent post-World War II border shifts, traces of an historic diversity remain in Poland to date, playing a greater role than mere numbers would suggest. Poland's fairly robust religious life is affected by the country's continuing modernization and its various institutions, and this is discussed within a broad context. One of the unfortunate legacies of decades of communism is a stunted civil society; while at different levels there are conflicts involving religion, at the grassroots it is one of the few forces building much needed trust in present-day Polish society.