The Vatican & Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

William E. May The February 13 issue of Commonweal featured an article by the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs, “Undue Burden? The Vatican & Artificial...

Ethically Defective

Three Generations, No Imbeciles Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell Paul A. Lombardo John Hopkins University Press, $29.95, 384 pp.  In Reckless...

Life & Science

No one was shocked when President Barack Obama lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research put in place by George W. Bush. Obama was...

Outwitting Cancer

Recently I was asked to serve on an advisory committee of a research group developing new techniques to preserve fertility for cancer patients. The research is...

Undue Burden?

Most Americans know the case of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who suffered cardiac arrest and subsequently lived for years in a persistent vegetative state while...

Magical Thinking

The arguments about the alleged war between science and religion have missed something important: the difference between science and technology. While some of the...

Paved with Good Intentions

In Heredity and Hope, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, professor of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, has written an informative and readable...

‘I Don't Want It'

It was 4:15 p.m. when my nurse gave me a “heads up” about the next patient. With a weary expression, she showed me a note affixed to the chart. “Mother is in...


When we say that something is beneath our dignity, what do we mean, exactly, and how do we know? How should we define or measure dignity?The experimental...

Begotten, Not Made

In the region where I live and teach on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the economy centers on a thriving poultry industry. On a number of occasions, when my boys...

Family Planning

I’ve been having a lot of sex lately. Back when I was randy teenager this would have seemed like an impossible dream-come-true, but now that I’m...

The Bishops & the 2008 Election

While lecturing in Australia in June, I was overcome by a sense of déjà vu. The Australian newspapers were dominated by a bitter controversy between a Catholic...
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Fetal Positions

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Better than Nature?

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The Banality of Eagleton

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