The Content of our Bioethics Concentration
Courses articulate authentic Catholic teaching with respect to bioethical issues. They provide students with a solid Magisterial foundation in medical ethics and bioethical science. Some of the topics discussed in an interdisciplinary model are technological reproduction, the criteria for brain death, genetic engineering, end-of-life decisions, “living wills,” fetal tissue research, cloning and various legal issues pertaining to bioethical procedures.
We have a special relationship with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) for our students to take classes under Fr. Tad Pacholczyk and receive 9 credits from Holy Apostles and certification in bioethics from the NCBC. For more on this relationship, please see our NCBC page.
Bioethics Concentration Chair:
Rev. Deacon Thomas J. Davis, Jr.
- To teach students a fully Catholic understanding of bioethical principles and issues as concerns life issues, in their diversity and changes.
- To teach students biological, medical, legal (e.g., advance directives) and ethical terminology and how to interpret what members of these different disciplines are saying when using this terminology.
- Students will demonstrate an ability to explain, in a popular way, the fully Catholic approach to bioethics, on a variety of life and death issues.
- Students will manifest a capacity to understand and interpret developing medical, biological, and legal approaches to life and death issues in a fully Catholic manner.
Co-requisites for Theology:
- Philosophy for Theologians
- Introduction to Theology
- One and Triune God
- Fundamental Moral Theology I
- Synoptic Gospels
- Catholic Bioethics and the Dignity of the Human Person (non-NCBC students – Biology and Biotechnologies for Ethicists)
- Guiding Principles of Catholic Medical Ethics (non-NCBC students – Marriage and theTheology of the Body)
- Gospel of Life and Culture of Death
- Case Studies and Applied Topics
- Catholic Bioethics
- Bioethics and the Law