Understanding the Church’s teaching on in-vitro fertilisation

Dr Colin Ong explains the moral problems of this method of having childrenThe desire to have a child is one of the most natural of human desires, and when couples have difficulty having babies it is common to seek medical help. In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is often regarded as the only viable option. Not only does [...]

Learning about ethical issues surrounding Zika fears

              Fr David Garcia said that an alternative to abortion is adoption. A seminar to discuss and clarify the medical and ethical aspects of Zika infection was held on Sept 17.The event was organised by the Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore.Fr David Garcia, its spiritual director, and Dr John Hui, chairman of [...]

Restaurant owners share how they put faith into practice

Maintaining high ethical standards, witnessing to their beliefs, and being people-oriented. These were some of the workplace practices the Catholic owners of The Halia Group of Restaurants said they put in place as a result of their faith.Mr Christopher James and his wife, Esther, told more than 30 business professionals on Jan 8 that there [...]

Visit Of The President Of Hungary: Social And Ethical Repercussions Of The Economic Crisis And Commitment To Peace

Vatican City, 20 September 2013 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francesco received in audience János Áder, president of Hungary, who subsequently went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States. During the cordial discussions, in [...]

Church Supports High Quality Ethical Investigation

Vatican City, 5 April 2013 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present the Second International Vatican Adult Stem Cell Conference, “Regenerative Medicine: A Fundamental Shift in Science & Culture”, which will place in the new Synod Hall of the Paul VI building in the Vatican [...]

Adult Stem Cells: Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas

The use of adult stem cells avoids “the ethical dilemma posed by the use of embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cell research and therapy allows us to advance scientific knowledge while protecting every stage of existence”. – Dr. Robin SmithVATICAN CITY, 8 NOV 2011 (VIS) – An international conference entitled “Adult Stem Cells: Science and [...]

Values: Of Means, Ends and Morality

In this final article in the series on Values by the Catholic Medical Guild and Caritas Singapore, we look at the fundamentals in ethical debates. A TROLLEY car is hurtling down a track. In its path are five people who will definitely be killed unless you, a bystander, flip a switch which will divert it [...]

Economic success needs a firm ethical grounding

“The Holy See is eager to continue working with your Government in order to promote the well-being of the region and the resolution of conflicts,” Pope Benedict said to Barry Desker, Singapore’s new ambassador to the Holy See, when Mr Desker presented his credentials at the Vatican on Dec 13, 2007. Below is the pope’s [...]

Dangers in human-animal combination for biomedical research

THE SINGAPORE BIOETHICS Advisory Committee (BAC) held a Public Consultation on Human-Animal Combinations for Research on Stem Cells on Jan 19 at the Breakthrough Auditorium, at the Matrix in Biopolis. The consultation was led by Professors Lim Pin (Chairman of BAC), Ng Soon Chye (Embryologist), Martin Bobrow (Geneticist), Nuyen (Philosopher), Lee Eng Hin and several [...]

Cloning humans in animal eggs… in Singapore?

THE SINGAPORE BIOETHICS Advisory Committee (BAC) released a Consultation Paper titled "Human-Animal Combinations for Research" on Jan 8, 2008. Human-animal combinations are entities resulting from the mixing of genes, cells or tissue of human origin with those of other species. The Paper discusses the ethical, legal and social issues arising from the creation and use [...]