The Guild met October 29th 2020, at St Francis of Assisi Church, Gates Mills. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Steve Flynn. Then Andrew Trew presented some recent cases and emerging ethical controversies ,for a discussion about Brain Death. The Harvard Brain Death Test is well regarded. It is long established as a means of justifying removal of life support, in apparently futile cases that result from catastrophic brain injury. There is, however, controversy about the ethics surrounding such cases, both in the USA and in Britain. The key issues and controversial cases can be reviewed here in the first of... View Article
Recently, our Guild has been active, assisting the Diocese on issues involving the COVID pandemic and its impact on Catholic patients. One problem has been that Priests have been denied access to COVID patients’ rooms, to provide spiritual comfort in serious cases, where death is the most likely outcome. The Diocese asked us to explore safe ways to permit Priests to have access to COVID patients in order to administer Anointing of the Sick. We examined practices in other Dioceses, and took expert medical advice. The result: newly designed protocols that have now been agreed in discussions with senior management... View Article
Once again, we find ourselves in a very polarized election cycle with candidates that do not reflect the complete breadth of Catholic moral teaching. Yet, it is our solemn duty as citizens of our republic to cast a vote for the candidate who best supports the greatest ideals and moral teachings of our Catholic faith, the faith that we hold and practice as the means of our personal salvation and as a benefit for the common good of the pluralistic society in which we live. In casting our ballot, whether for those already proposed by a particular party or for... View Article
Welcome to a series about the Basics of Bioethics . We will be posting a selection of Recorded talks about Bioethics made by Andrew Trew .These videos are intended to reflect typical clinical decisions involving cases that raise ethical dilemmas.