By Bishop Anthony Fisher (auth.), Christopher Tollefsen (eds.)
Pope John Paul II shocked a lot of the scientific global in 2004 together with his strongly worded assertion insisting that sufferers in a power vegetative country could be supplied with foodstuff and hydration. whereas many Catholic bioethicists defended the Pope’s declare that the lifetime of all humans, even these in a continual vegetative nation or a coma, was once worthy preserving, others argued that the Pope’s place marked a shift from the conventional Catholic educating at the withdrawal of scientific therapy on the finish of existence. the controversy between Catholic bioethicists over the Pope’s assertion merely grew extra excessive through the controversy surrounding Terry Schiavo’s demise in 2005, as bioethicists on each side of the talk argued concerning the legitimacy of elimination her feeding tubes. This choice of essays by way of probably the most sought after Catholic bioethicists addresses the Pope’s statements, the ethical concerns surrounding man made feeding and hydration, the refusal of remedy, and the ethics of take care of these on the finish of life.
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Jn 4:31; 12:1ff). The Jesus of the Gospels was often at wedding feasts, Pharisees’ dining tables, eating with tax collectors and sinners, ‘at home’ with his friends or out hosting picnics in the hills. 1 Why do Unresponsive Patients Still Matter? 23 In fact the turning points of Jesus’ life are always marked by eating and drinking. His first great sign is turning water into wine; his first preaching to a gentile began with a request for a drink and ended with a promise of endless living water; his most recorded miracle is the multiplication of loaves and fishes; his last wonder before his ascension is the huge haul of fish (Mt 14:13ff par; Jn 2:1ff; Chs.
30 In the context of our present discussions, this is especially poignant. Such a charge could not hope to stick unless Jesus was in fact an enthusiast for food and drink—and so it seems he was. The Gospels record many feeding stories involving Jesus: Jesus’ relatives, especially his good Jewish mother, seek to ensure that his ministry does not get in the way of his having proper meals; Peter’s motherin-law, cured of fever, gets up immediately to serve supper; having raised Jarius’ daughter, Jesus’ first direction was to give her food; and his dear friends Martha and Mary squabble over serving the dinner (Mt 8:14f par; Mk 3:20f; 5:35ff; Lk 10:36ff.
His Last Supper is replete with such details: Jesus directs the place, preparation and course of the meal; he invites only his intimates; he washes their feet; he blesses, breaks and distributes the bread and blesses and passes the cup; he engages in highly significant conversation with them all but also with particular individuals. One lies against his breast, others near at hand or further away—even the traitor is offered food, before being dismissed. Thus whom Jesus is recorded as having fed and with whom dined was highly significant.