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Withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatment according to the moral teaching of the Catholic Church

Piotr Aszyk
Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2015;9(2):66-70.

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Vol 9, No 2 (2015)
Review articles
Published online: 2016-06-14

Abstract

Withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatment, especially mechanical ventilation, when it will result inevitable death of the patient, raises disputes and emotions in contemporary moral discourse. The Catholic Church over the centuries has developed specific guidance for ethically problematic situations related to the health and life issues. There are significant number of statements done by Catholic theologians and Church authorities, which are focused on practical solutions associated to the termination of treatment, including removal of respirator.

Abstract

Withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatment, especially mechanical ventilation, when it will result inevitable death of the patient, raises disputes and emotions in contemporary moral discourse. The Catholic Church over the centuries has developed specific guidance for ethically problematic situations related to the health and life issues. There are significant number of statements done by Catholic theologians and Church authorities, which are focused on practical solutions associated to the termination of treatment, including removal of respirator.

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Keywords

Catholic Church, Pius XII, ordinary and extraordinary means, moral theology, medical futility, ethics, bioethics

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Title

Withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatment according to the moral teaching of the Catholic Church

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 9, No 2 (2015)

Pages

66-70

Published online

2016-06-14

Bibliographic record

Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2015;9(2):66-70.

Keywords

Catholic Church
Pius XII
ordinary and extraordinary means
moral theology
medical futility
ethics
bioethics

Authors

Piotr Aszyk

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