The Unique Subject Matter of Bioethics

The legacy of St. Ignatius also extends to education as evident by the numerous Jesuit teaching institutions throughout the world. St. Ignatius felt education was an essential building block to living a life infused with the love of Christ. So too does the CHG of Central Texas feel education is a cornerstone for incorporating Faith into Practice.

Of course, some would argue that this convergence of Science and Religion is impossible due to contradictory dogmas. But on the contrary, the Catholic Church has always upheld the truth and beauty of science just as it upholds the truth and beauty of religion. Furthermore, the Catholic Church does not see these two spheres of knowledge to be in conflict. As Cardinal Baronius has said, religion teaches us "the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go." And thus, when one states there should be no religion in science, he or she is not discussing contradictory dictums but rather a possible conflict of interest. In his article Are Science and Religion really enemies?, Tadeusz Pacholczyk states that "one reason for such hostility is that religion often purifies science by insisting on the primacy of ethics." Indeed, the thoughts in this statement engender an entirely unique subject matter, namely the field of bioethics.

"Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."

– Pope John Paul II

And it is the exploration of this subject matter, the Guild hopes to bring to the healing professionals of central Texas. In 2011, we laid the foundations for education through our new website and eNewsletter. In 2012, we hope to bring bioethical panel discussions as well as more educational seminars. We, of course, welcome the communion of science and religion and invite others to benefit from this unique infusion of the two greatest sources of wisdom.

What's in a name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  —Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

As Juliet laments her disastrous fate, she asks if a rose called by any other name would cease to be a rose. Certainly a rose would be just as beautiful if a new word was chosen to designate it from other flowers. Thus, we have to ask, how important is a name?

The History of Contraception & the Catholic Church

Many would claim that the Church's teachings against contraception are new constructs imposed on the masses by a prudish male-dominated institution. Others would say the teachings are out-dated and based on a first century view of human sexuality.

Infertility and the Catholic Church

As physicians, we are taught that to alleviate one's suffering is our most noble gift and certainly, infertility is one of the greatest hardships one can face.

A Meditation on the Passion, a Medical Point of View

Many scholars throughout history have sought to discover the cause of death of Our Lord. Some would say asphyxia, others pulmonary embolism or even "ruptured heart."

The Making of a Miracle: Medical Miracles and Canonization

On August 9, 1845, Saint André Bessette was born near Montreal, the 8th of 12 children. From the beginning, he was sickly and weak. He was orphaned at the age of 12 and became a farmhand.

The Legacy of St. Luke

In 1912, His Eminence William Henry O'Connell, Archbishop of Boston, evoked the spirit of St. Luke and founded the first Catholic Physicians Guild.

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