Preface: Christopher Tollefsen;Part One: The Issue;1: Why Do Unresponsive Patients Still Matter?Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P.;2: Are We Morally Obligated to Feed PVS Patients Until Natural Death?Michael Degnan;3: Caring for Persons in the 'Persistent Vegetative State' and Pope John Paul II's March 2004 Address 'On Life-Sustaining Treatments and the Vegetative State'.William E. May;4: Food and Fluids: Human Law, Human Rights and Human Interests.Jacqueline Laing;Part Two: Philosophers Address the Issue.5: Quality of Life and Assisted Nutrition.Alfonso Gomez-Lobo;6: Towards Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration.Joseph Boyle;7: Understanding the Ethics of Artificially Providing Food and Water.J.L.A. Garcia;8: The Ethics of Pope John Paul's Allocution on Care of the PVS Patient: A Response to J.L.A. Garcia.Peter Cataldo;Part Three: Symposium on the Views of Fr. Kevin O'Rourke, O.P.9: Reflections on the Papal Allocution Concerning Care for PVS Patients.Fr. Kevin O'Rourke, O.P;10:The Papal Allocution Concerning Care for PVS Patients: a Reply to Fr. O'Rourke.Patrick Lee;11: Response to Patrick Lee.Fr. Kevin O'Rourke, O.P.;12: The Morality of Tube Feeding PVS Patients: A Critique of the View of Kevin O'Rourke, O.P.Mark S. Latkovic;Part Four: Concluding Reflections.12: Ten Errors Regarding End of Life Issues, and Especially Artificial Nutrition and Hydration.Christopher Tollefsen.
Includes voices from all sides of the Catholic discussion in dialogue with one another
Includes many of the top Catholic bioethicists in the English speaking world
Situates the debate in the larger perspective of the Catholic tradition of end of life care and the dignity of human life
Situates the debate in the larger perspective of the social/communal norms governing the care of the dependent, and the role of food in human communities